The Charter as seen by women
por Ama ESSO,
The women’s college of Togo has used the principles of the Charter of human responsibilities as a reference for its work on the promotion of gender equity in the management of public affairs.
The women’s college of Togo organised several meetings with its members in order to list the gender-related concerns associated with the principles of the Charter of human responsibilities. On average, 20 people took part in these meetings.
The document issued by the college originates from a series of meetings of this women’s college, which has around 20 members. It should be highlighted that these women are mostly executives, or have key positions in the management of public affairs. This study begins with an account of the historical distribution of responsibilities between men and women, then deals with the legal rules related to this distribution of responsibilities today, and ends with an analysis of the current distribution of responsibilities between men and women in national governance, which reveals a striking imbalance. The women’s college of Togo will work at reducing this imbalance, which will require unity in action, fairness in access to resources, and equal distribution of responsibilities and resources.
In conclusion, it is clear that the principles formulated in the Charter of human responsibilities endorse equality between men and women. After observing the absence of women in decision-making institutions in Togo, the women’s college is committed to promoting the Charter of human responsibilities by favouring unity in action.