Ethiopia: Ghanaian President appointed the AU Special Envoy for gender

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has agreed to take an appointment of the African Union (AU) Chairman, President Alpha Conde of Guinea, to lead a gender empowerment campaign across Africa, a highlight to the intense efforts to empower the youth.

AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki revealed the Ghanaian leader accepted the nomination to become the AU’s Gender Champion in a speech delivered at the 4th session of the High-Level Panel on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment holding in Addis Ababa, 29-30 June, 2017.

The AU Summit set 2017 as the Year of “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investment in the Youth.” This sets the stage for countries to rapidly re-examine sets of policies dealing with the education of the youth, jobs, the economic performance and steps to end gender inequality.

President Akufo-Addo’s nomination is in recognition of his commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women across Africa.

The Ghanaian President made a name as a peace mediator when he served as his country’s foreign minister.

In 2016, Ghana won the African Gender Award during the June Summit of the AU, which took place in Kigali, Rwanda. The award was in recognition for Ghana’s efforts to advance economic and social rights of women in all major government policies and implementation of special gender programmes.

The AU Commission Chairperson said the Ghanaian leader’s leadership in advocating for gender equality and women’s empowerment in Africa is extremely valuable in providing the necessary impetus required to accelerate the implementation of our gender commitments at the highest level of African government.

The AU is pressing countries in Africa to dedicate efforts this year to address the challenges facing the youth, including the implementation of measures to eliminate barriers to youth participation in political processes, including in parliament, cabinet and all levels of governance.

The AU has also moved a step further by declaring its plans to launch a broader new approach to gender empowerment through its new gender roadmap for improving the well-being of the youthful population.
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30 june 2017 06:08:57

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