African Women Affairs Ministers Hold Gender Conference
African Ministers of Women and Gender Affairs will on Thursday begin a week-long conference in Addis Ababa, to adopt new strategies to enhance the economic capacity of women through gender budgeting.
The conference will attempt to develop new economic empowerment strategies as a way of curtailing the suffering experienced by some women during crises and conflicts on the African continent.
A statement by the Directorate of Information and Communication of the African Union. AU, Commission on Monday said the conference would be attended by the Ministers of Gender and Women’s Affairs, their experts, and other invited participants from within and outside Africa.
“The meeting will be expected to adopt various reports, consider the outputs from committees and approve projects under the Theme; Agriculture and Food Security,” it said.
The statement said the Women Affairs ministers would also resolve on new modules to incorporate a multi-dimensional gender mainstreaming approach on the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Rights of Women in Africa during the meeting.
It said further, that “the Ministers meeting will among other things consider and adopt the Report of the Meeting of Experts, which will focus on Agenda items.”
“They will reflect on Pan- Africanism and African Renaissance as the theme of the OAU/AU 50th Anniversary and contribute as well as influence and shape the vision of the AU-wide strategic plan and the Union’s 2013 development agenda.
“They will also discuss Commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, scheduled for July 11,” the statement added.
According to the statement, the ministers will equally consider the report of an Annual High Level Panel on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment to create space for women scholars, researches, academia, and gender experts
to deliberate on emerging issues including activities of the High Level Panel on Peace and Security convened every October.
“The Women Affairs Minister are also expected to approve projects for the African Women’s Decade (AWD) 2013 theme, through a collaboration with the UN Women at country level in strengthening the AWD National Coordinating Committees,” the statement said