On the 20th and 21st of October, Gender Concerns International attended the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) 20th Anniversary Symposium held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The theme of the Symposium was “Current democratic realities in Africa: Where are we headed beyond the vote?” The Symposium reviewed the present state of democracy in Africa by reflecting on the continent’s democratic triumphs, as well as its democratic shortfalls. Besides examining the present realities, the event also assessed Africa’s democratic future.
The Vice President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa inaugurated the symposium, and was joined by African leaders including, H.E Madame Aminata Toure, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Senegal, H.E Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the Honourable Cassam Uteem, former President of the Republic of Mauritius.
The event celebrated EISA's 20 years of service to the development and strengthening of democratic governance in Africa. It was also attended by democracy-promoting stakeholders, such as election management bodies, civil society organisations, aid agencies, African Union, Regional Economic Communities and many more.