The Minister of Housing, Urbanism and the City, Mohamed Tarek Belaribi, participated today, Tuesday, in a ministerial discussion at the level of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union, which focused on several files related to reconstruction, women, peace and security in Africa, according to a press release issued by the ministry.
On this occasion, Belaribi presented a speech in which he mentioned “the need to unify efforts at the African level in order to work on developing renewable energies while setting urban policies in line with demographic growth and social, economic, environmental and energy requirements.”
The minister said that “the demographic growth that Africa witnessed in recent years had a negative impact on the way the city runs,” noting that “Algeria is not immune to this demographic and urban development, which is expected to constitute 85 percent of the urbanization rate, i.e. approximately eight (8) Algerians out of ten (10) live in an urban setting.”
As for the second discussion that concerned women, Belarbi praised, in his speech, the “effective role” that women played in the history of Algeria and the “important positions” they occupied, referring to, but not limited to, the fields of justice and medicine.
He mentioned that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in its resolution for the month of February 2021, ranked Algerian women in the first ranks in terms of number of female engineers, with an “estimated rate of 48.5 percent”.
In this regard, he added that “Algeria chose to have women present in all fields: minister, general, governor, professor, judge, party leader” and that “it is the only country in North Africa and the Middle East in which women have competed for the position of President of the Republic”, and that it “signed all the agreements related to combating violence against women.”