By OLIKA DANIEL GODSON, DIE WELT
United Republic of Tanzania’s David Rodriguez sat with our representative this afternoon to discuss the progress of the debate in the World Conference on Women and the important recommendations of the Bloc; W.O.M.E.N. in the ongoing debates in the World Conference on Women. The bloc has some member states like; Qatar, US, Switzerland, Tanzania and Iceland. The bloc, amongst a plethora of other objectives it seeks to achieve, recognizes the role of African Women in world economy and proposes that they be included in the economic activities of their countries.
The bloc realizes that due to the dire economic situation of the black continent, it always bears the brunt of whatever negative economic situation occurs in the world, as evidenced in the case of the 2009 economic crisis. It therefore proposes that there be an intensive program to ensure equal participation of the women in Africa in its economic activities in order to create women entrepreneurs and economic leaders. It recognizes that due to the high population of women in the continent, such a program would have great economic benefits for the continent and the world at large.
To achieve this objective it has a three-part plan which includes;
- Reduce maternal deaths in Africa by two-thirds meaning a drop from 290,000 to 96,000.
- Reduce newborn death by more than three-fourths. Meaning a drop from 2.9 million to 700,000 annually.
- Reducing the cases of perinatal transmission of HIV by an estimate of 121,000 cases annually, representing $7,240 in savings per infection averted.
He states that the financial estimate for achieving these plans is $32 billion. When asked about how the bloc proposes that such financial commitments that come with undertaking the plan be met, Rodriguez stated that the Bloc proposes active participation of international actors and the collective effort of state parties. It also proposes that women be allowed to work and be part of the economic production. This plan, he states, is also highly sustainable as the ripple effects of the economic benefits would lead to massive investments, increased labor force and a good succession plan would ensure that this plan goes on in perpetuity. This thus translates to increased economic benefits for decades to come!