BUJUMBURA October 16th (ABP) – The Burundi Prime Minister, Gervais Ndirakobuca, reaffirmed on Wednesday October 11, 2023 in Bujumbura, the support of the Burundian government for women leaders. He was speaking at the closing of the 4th edition of the high-level forum of women leaders, organized by the Office of the First Lady for Development in Burundi (OPDD-Burundi).
In his speech, he indicated that the Burundian government supports the initiatives of women leaders and that this same government will take into consideration the conclusions resulting from that forum during planning.
He also promised that the government will contribute remarkably to the organization of a forum of women leaders and men leaders so that men can also be made aware of the control of population growth and family planning.
For her part, the first lady of the country, Angeline Ndayishimiye, thanked all the women leaders and all the participants in this forum for an essential contribution that they gave while hoping that the conclusions of this forum will contribute to the improvement family well-being.
She took the opportunity to ask the Prime Minister to organize a forum which will bring together men and women so that together they can adopt strategies to challenge the consequences linked to demographic growth.
Shortly before the closing of that forum, women leaders discussed their role in accelerating progress in order to achieve good nutritional status and the demographic dividend through use supported by family planning.
According to the executive secretary of the organization of African First Ladies for development, women leaders can be at the origin of changes, which is why they must act to take matters into their own hands with regard to the family planning.
One of the religious leaders who was able to intervene stressed the need to teach children, from a young age, about family planning: “Today we can establish certain principles but it is the children who will grow up being educated in this sense, my proposal is to teach children about contraception, in relation to nutrition in the field of schools, in the sector of television, in the media, make comic strips and insist on it to children “, he insisted.
The president of the group of health financial partners, for his part, reassured that their contribution is still available: “I would like, on behalf of my fellow health financial partners, to reassure His Excellency the 1st Minister and the 1st Lady of Burundi, that we, as partners, will continue, within the framework of the vision of the Head of State, to support the country’s efforts for the sustainable development of Burundi,” he promised.
Other speakers also committed to continuing to organize other sessions to raise awareness about family planning but also insisted on the role of establishing a law relating to it