The participants are in the meeting within the framework of the 8th African Union (AU) Pre-Summit on 2016 year of human rights, with particular focus on the rights of women.

African Union headquarters
African Union headquarters
The Gender Pre-Summit is expected to discuss critical developments in the gender equality and women’s empowerment arena, assess implementation of commitments, especially the Declaration on 2015 Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development Towards Africa’s Agenda 2063 as well as the Mid-Term Review of the African Women’s Decade.
The meeting is expected to raise awareness and develop a common strategy on the implementation of the 2016 theme of African Year of Human Rights, with particular focus on the rights of women.

It will assess progress on women’s participation in politics, public office and the judiciary and identify challenges and barriers hindering their effective participation as well as develop strategies to accelerate women’s agency and leading role in politics, public office and the judiciary.

During the meeting, delegates will further share progress, challenges and opportunities for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

The meeting will also stimulate dialogue between AU Member States, regional intergovernmental institutions, CSOs and development partners on the opportunities, gaps and solutions for enhancing women’s economic empowerment and ensuring that women are at the centre of sustainable development, peace, regional integration and economic growth in Africa.

The summit will provide an opportunity for different stakeholders to discuss the challenges hindering progress in achieving women’s land and property rights in Africa, as well as to identify and promote practical approaches to address these challenges with a view to gain commitment towards promoting good models, among others. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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