AU creates fund for African women

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The heads of state and government who participate d in the 14th African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, have announced the creation of a fund meant for African women.
The African leaders, in an ad-hoc resolution, said such the fund was created ass ist women involved in the gender issue strategy of the continental organisation.
They tasked the AU Commission to prepare a detailed strategy through which the f und will be mobilized.
The fund, in its first stage, will be secured through contributions from member countries.
"I hail the decision to create the fund.
This shows not only our will to promote and guarantee women's rights on the African continent but also our will to reco g nise the privileged place for women in the African society," Malawi's President a nd new chairperson of the African Union, Bingu Wa Mutharika, said.
"We must go beyond the following steps and use the fund appropriately.
We have a bove all, to ratify a certain number of legal instruments which guarantee women' s rights," he added at the closing ceremony of the summit.
After three days of talks, heads of state and government adopted many important decisions, including the strengthening of relations between the African Union an d regional organizations on the one hand and regional organizations between thems e lves on the other hand.
They equally decided to drum up support for African officials bidding for import ant offices in international bodies.

02 february 2010 19:10:00

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