Uhuru Kenyatta
Uhuru Kenyatta

Gender affairs officials, experts and campaigners from 54 African Union member states met in Nairobi on Thursday to review progress in achieving gender parity as outlined in major international declarations.

Uhuru Kenyatta
Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta opened the conference that sought to chart a new beginning in the empowerment of women and girls across Sub-Saharan Africa.

“One of the basic aims of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 is to place gender equality at the heart of the continent’s development agenda. We have prioritized five key areas including health, education, economy, agriculture, peace and security to empower women and grils,”Kenyatta said.

Kenyatta said African women have enjoyed rights and privileges that were previously reserved for their male counterparts thanks to enactment of affirmative action policies.

“Women now hold major leadership positions across this continent and that progress has been matched by unprecedented economic empowerment,”he said.

African states have accelerated enactment of legislation to eliminate gender violence and discrimination. Kenyatta said retrogressive practices like early and forced marriages as well as female genital cut have been outlawed in many countries.

Kenyatta urged African governments to invest in programs that empower women and girls in order to sustain the current economic progress. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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