2-day AU gender pre-summit takes place in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The 10th African Union (AU) Gender Pre-Summit to discuss impact of corruption on women’s empowerment and related Issues begins on Wednesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, over two days.

According to the media outlet of the AU, the theme of the meeting is: “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa”

The AU Assembly has declared 2018 as the African Anti-Corruption Year with the theme “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.”

The AU said that the meeting will be held under the leadership of Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), and organized by the AUC Directorate of Women, Gender and Development (WGDD), in collaboration with the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC), in partnership with the Civil Society and the UN, supported by International Development Partners.

It said that the AU-Gender Pre-Summit (GPS) will be aligned to the 2018 theme and will provide the forum to discuss the impact of corruption on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The 2018 GPS will also focus on AU’s gender multi-stakeholder policy platforms with a view to re-defining them in accordance with the imperatives of Agenda 2063 and the proposals in the report of the AU Reforms by President Paul Kagame.

Additionally, the year 2018 also marks the 10th anniversary of the AU-GPS, which has played a significant role in influencing and shaping African Union (AU) policies on gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) and ensuring the inclusion of the critical voices of women and their perspectives in AU.

The meeting will deliberate on the preparations for celebration which will take place in May 2018.

The objectives of the 10th AU-GPS are three-folds as follows:

a. Examine the impact of corruption on the achievements of gender equality and women’s empowerment and to propose concrete actions to accelerate the fight against gender related issues notably in the areas of corruption;

b. Define the strategic positioning of WGDD multi-stakeholder policy platforms within the context of the new AU Reforms and Gender strategy; and

c. Prepare for the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the AU-GPS.

It said that the expected outcomes are:

a. The impact of corruption on gender equality and women’s empowerment examined and concrete strategies to accelerate the fight against corruption are proposed;

b. Strategic positioning of WGDD multi-stakeholder policy platforms defined;

c. Implementation roadmap for the 10th celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the AU-GPS developed.

It said that participants are drawn from African Union Member States; representatives of the Specialised Techinical Committee meeting on Gender, AU women ambassadors; AU Organs, Representational and Liaison offices; Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and RMs; Civil Society Organizations & Diaspora organizations; UN Partners and International Development Partners.

The African Union Commission (AUC) through the Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD) is convening the annual gender pre-summit in the margins of the 30th AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government.
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