How we, the girls, should take power

We, the child reporters of Kinshasa, participated in the second edition of the global francophone women’s forum which took place in the city, Kinshasa province in the DRC, on 3 and 4 March 2014.

At this event, we had the opportunity to meet speakers such as Nouzha Skalli, former Minister of social development, family and solidarity in Morocco.

She told us that for a woman to be able to inherit power, she must “fight, when I speak of fighting, it’s not physical, but an intellectual and moral fight.

My very dear female friends, to inherit power, it’s necessary for us to be able to impose quotas of women in society, in businesses, associations etc…

We must also have equality between men and women everywhere. In the world of economy, society, politics, culture and education etc…

My very dear sisters, girls. Yes! We must inherit power. The example of the President of the Central African Republic, Catherine Samba-Panza, who is also the first female President of a francophone country, should encourage us not to give up but to fight to take power. In some situations, we can even do better than the boys.

How? As Bestine Kazadi explained to us, the qualities which can aid us to take and maintain power are: audacity, tenacity, perseverance and belief in one’s self.

My very dear sisters, girls, we must help one another to promote and gain respect for our rights.

Long live a Congo worthy of girls and no more discrimination between men and women!

Ps: My first seizure of power is to write this article which Nathan helped me to write  

You can find all the interviews carried out by the child reporters during the global francophone women’s forum at the following address:

We would like to thank the European Union for its support in our work for gender equality 
Photo MONUSCO/Myriam Asmani.

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Merveille a 17 ans et elle étudie en première année à l’Institut Supérieur Pédagogique de la Gombe à Kinshasa. Après plusieurs années d'expériences d’enfant reporter, Merveille s'est lancée dans des études d'histoire, sciences sociales et gestion politique. Son but est de défendre les droits de ses pairs et de venir en aide. Selon elle, “il ne faut pas se limiter au rôle d’enfant reporter mais poursuivre cet engagement pour les enfants dans la vie d’adulte”.

Merveille is 17 years old and is in her first year of university in Kinshasa. After a few years of experience as Child Reporter, Merveille has decided to study History, Social Sciences and Political Management. Her goal is to defend her peers' rights and help. Merveille believes: ‘One must not restrict oneself to the role of being a child reporter, but continue this commitment for children into adult life.’

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