The Diversity and Inclusion Forum taking place in Rwanda examined how to address the problem of exclusion of certain categories of members of the global society, including women, people living with disabilities and others. Senegalese Mame Safietou and the Togolese Kouami Messan who participated in this forum indicated that there are challenges in their countries based on this challenge.
“Today in Senegal, exclusion is experienced by women in rural areas. They didnt study, they dont know how to read and wrte, they face polygamy, in general, it is hard to blend their family matters and profession.“ Mame Safietou - Senegal
“People living with disabilities are excluded when it comes to competing for opportunities, yet they should rather be facilitated to conduct their jobs much more easily”, Kouami Messan - Togo
According to the United Nations, in addition to women, people with disabilities who make up a population of about one and a half billion, or 15% of the world's population, face problems of exclusion and discrimination. This organization, however, indicates that it congratulates Rwanda whose inclusive policy is reflected across all sectors of the country's life.
World Bank representative in Rwanda Yasser Al Gammal says that Rwanda and the World Bank have an inclusive policy in common, so the two-party partnership is making progress, adding that the forum could not be held anywhere else than in Rwanda.
The Minister for local government, Prof. Shyaka Anastase who officially opened this forum, pointed out that the genocide that Rwanda experienced left the country with lessons that make him important to embark on inclusive politics.
"We chose inclusive politics because inclusion is everything for the country. Our history has taught us that being distracted by divisive policies is harmful and we have suffered enough so that what is left is progress. It is the lessons that we learned that tell us that inclusive politics, shared politics, inclusive sharing and especially inclusion in the socio-economic framework is the strength of the country. It gives peace, strengthens unity, grants security and strengthens development." Prof. Shyaka, The Minister for local government.
The one-day international forum focused on addressing the problem of exclusion of certain categories that make up the global society was organized by the United Nations jointly with the World Bank. Delegations from 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa participated.