Women MNAs armed with new networking skills


The programme was led by three experts from the Southern Africa Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF), namely Boemo Sekgoma, its programme manager for gender Patience Sejake and ICT project manager Ganyani Khosa.

Ms Sekgoma was representing SADC-PF secretary general Dr Esau Chiviya.

The programme was launched last Tuesday by Committee of Women Parliamentarians’ chairperson Jeovana Charles in the presence of the deputy speaker André Pool, leader of government business in the National Assembly Marie-Antoinette Rose, National Assembly clerk Azarel Ernesta, staff of its secretariat, as well as representatives from the department of information and communication technology (DICT).

“As you are aware, we are now living in the information age where information technology has fast become embedded into our daily routine.

 As parliamentarians, the use of ICTs has a great role in the way we do our work and interact with our constituents,” said Mrs Charles in her address to officially launch the workshop.

The National Assembly of Seychelles is among the nine SADC parliaments that have benefited from such a programme, designed specifically for women parliamentarians with the aim of enhancing and empowering them with ICT and online networking skills in order to more effectively fulfill their legislative, oversight and representative roles.

With the growing importance of ICT throughout society and the region, parliaments too recognise its value within the legislative environment, such as for accessing, exchanging and disseminating information;

 researching and advocating through the use of internet; and for building and maintaining an online network with the constituents.

The National Assembly of Seychelles has 14 women members which accounts for 44% of its total composition.

In a message read by Ms Sekgoma on behalf of the secretary general of the SADC -PF, Dr Chiviya commended the representation of women in the assembly.

However, he also noted that Seychelles has yet to achieve the 50/50 gender parity prescribed by the SADC protocol on gender and development.