Civil society groups urge AU member states to address youth issues

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) - The 18th pre-summit of civil society organizations, held on 27-28 June on the sidelines of the 17th summit of the African Union (AU), has urged AU member states to consider the contribution of youth to sustainable development, peace and security in Africa.

The network of over 50 African civil society organizations, coordinated by the "Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) NGO, which leads the campaign dubbed "Gender is my Agenda (GIMAC)", will include in draft resolutions to be adopted by the Heads of State and Government the recommendations from the pre-summit on major issues affecting youth in Africa, referring to the theme of the 17th summit: "Accelerating Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development".

The meeting, organized in partnership with the Women and Gender sector group of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) of the African Union and with the support of the Equatorial Guinean Ministry of Social Affairs and Women Promotion, the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice (MRFCJ) and the International Labour Office (ILO), focused its work on major issues affecting youth in Africa, including violence against women in conflict and post-conflict zones, gender, climate change and climate justice, and gender and social economy.

The meeting was also an opportunity for civil society organizations to develop a common agenda and advocacy to governments and AU and to monitor and evaluate the commitments made by AU Heads of State and Government in relation to gender mainstreaming in the various aspects of public life at national, regional and continental levels.
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