Achieving the sustainable development goal 5 (SDG 5) on gender equality and women’s empowerment is an essential prerequisite for the achievement of the other 16 SDGS. This is the main conclusion of a conference organized at the City Hall of Dakar by the friendly employees of the city of Dakar in collaboration with the women councilors of the city of Dakar, on Thursday 7 March 2019 on the margins of the day international women’s Organization (JIF).
Once is not customary, the friendly of the employees of the city of Dakar (AM. E.VI) and the women counselors preferred this year to celebrate under the chairmanship of the Mayor of the city of Dakar Soham WARDINI, the international women’s day on 07 March 2019 and no longer the date of 08 March internationally chosen to celebrate This day.
An official ceremony at the City Hall presided by the godmother of the friendly, the Mayor of the city of Dakar Soham WARDINI, followed by a Conference on the theme: “women and sustainable development-Dakar clean city” moderated by Madame Ndèye Ndack Pouye MBODJ, Director of planning and sustainable development of the Dakar City Council (DPDD), and a visit to the Penal camp detention House to donate to women detainees were the highlights of the day.
This choice of the 7th of March to celebrate the JIF is far from fortuitous. For Mayor Soham El Wardini, “we must celebrate the woman every day.” However, the choice to celebrate Thursday 07 March 2019 international women’s day translates a willingness of organizers to manifest their attachment to their ex-mayor who has just completed the date of 07 March 2019 exactly two full years in prison , and to demand its release without delay. “His place is not there, and we will continue the struggle for his liberation,” said Mrs. Mayor. The second explanation is a duty of remembrance towards the women of nder who gave themselves to death collectively to avoid the Supreme humiliation (rape) a certain 7 March of the year 1820.
To make Dakar a clean city, Mrs. Mayor invited everyone to a commitment to operate eco-gestures in our consumption patterns, in our behaviors, in our energy choices etc. “Everyone has to ensure the cleanliness of the other,” says the Mayor.
In the end the women’s day is also the feast of the rights of the woman but also of the duties which condition the respect of the rights.
Gender equality and women’s empowerment, a prerequisite for the achievement of the other 16 SDGS
The Director of the DPDD, a speaker of the day, addressed the theme “women and sustainable development” from the perspective of the sustainable development goals that were defined in 2015 by the United Nations system in its agenda 2030.
To explain what it is that sustainable development, the speaker borrowed the definition of the United Nations system by explaining that “sustainable development is a concept of economic growth that is part of a long-term perspective and integrates the constraints related to the environment and the functioning of society. ».
And to continue: “sustainable development is a development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Seen from these angles, sustainable development therefore refers us to the economy, to the social, to the environment and to culture.
While the SDGS number seventeen (17) impact women’s lives, the speaker sees through the achievement of SDG 5 “achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls” a prerequisite for the realization of the 16 aut the SDGS.
Indeed, “it is only by guaranteeing the rights of women and girls in society that we will manage to ensure justice and inclusiveness, to develop economies that benefit all and all, and to preserve the environment,” Ms. Mbodji believes.
The establishment of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are essential prerequisites for sustainable development because women are at the heart of family, cultural, health and social balances. They play a central role in education and development.
The presenter’s conviction is made. For her, there is no doubt that the reduction of inequality and the empowerment of women and girls are impacting the other SDGS.
Indeed, SDG 1 “eradicating poverty in all its forms and around the world”, SDG 2 “eradicating hunger, ensuring food security, improving nutrition and promoting urban agriculture”, SDG 3 “enable all to live in good health and promote the well-being of all at all ages, “all call on the woman as a foster mother and family base.
Access to basic services that corresponds to the SDGS “access to quality education, access to safe drinking water and sanitation, the use of renewable energies” are fundamental rights for women’s development.
The SDGS such as access to decent work, justice and peace contribute to women’s resilience.
In the fight against climate change and the protection of biodiversity, women must feel responsible for their environment and for future generations. It is better placed than anyone to convey messages for a change of behaviour in the management of our living environment and to encourage the family to adopt eco-citizen gestures.
Objective 5, namely “gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”, is therefore of paramount importance in the implementation of the United Nations agenda 2030.
The fact that women have the right to choose their life independently is one of the major elements in meeting the challenges of our time.
Empowerment is an indispensable factor for peace, social, economic and environmental progress.