African women convene in Dakar

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African foreign minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will this week address a meeting of Femmes Africa Solidarité - the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa - and the African Women Committee on Peace and Development Consultation in Dakar, Senegal.
The meeting is to prepare input from women in Africa for the World Conference Against Racism scheduled for next August in Durban, South Africa.
According to foreign affairs spokesman Basetsana Thokoane, the meeting will also formulate strategies for speeding up the development and subsequent adoption of the draft protocol for the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, on the Rights of Women in Africa.
The draft protocol is to be put before the African Union, successor of the OAU, in 2002.
Thokoane described the empowerment of women as a vital element for the Millennium African Recovery Plan as women had an important role to play in combating poverty, providing food security, health initiatives, education, human capacity building and peacemaking.

19 june 2001 20:49:00

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