African Union Commission Chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Thursday called for the acceleration of gender transformation in order to achieve women’s empowerment and development towards Agenda 2063.
It is important to mainstream women in all development activities, as Africa seeks to attain integration, prosperity and peace under its Agenda 2063 framework, Dlamini-Zuma said at the opening session of the African Union’s Executive Council in Johannesburg.
The session is part of the 25th AU Summit which is being held under the theme “Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”.
One of Agenda 2063’s aspirations is to have an Africa where development is people driven, unleashing the potential of women and the youth.
“Women in Somalia, Central African Republic, Eastern DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), South Sudan, Darfur, Northern Mali and Northern Nigeria are yearning for peace, for themselves, their children, their families and communities, to live normal lives, to plough their fields and to educate their children,” Dlamini-Zuma said.
Dlamini-Zuma also spoke of the need to consign the hand-held hoe to the museum and assist women with access to modern technology, land, credit, and extension services in order to empower women in agriculture industry.
The AU chief also highlighted the need for greater trade amongst African countries, which remains low, saying the launch of the African Continental Free Trade negotiations and other initiatives are aimed at growing trade amongst African countries and creating wealth.
Speaking at the same session, South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoane-Mashabane said that “the time has never been more opportune for Africa to achieve the things it wants”, taking into consideration that seven of the fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa and the continent is the repository of a variety of resource. Enditem