Dakar- Senegal (PANA) â" Gender activists meeting -in Banjul, the Gambia, have c alled for â?deliberate effortsâ? towards the nomination of female candidates fo r African Union Commission chair â?as a sign of equal sharing of leadership and responsibilities for delivering on the development agendaâ? on the continent, ac cording to a statement received here by PANA Wednesday.
The gender activists and representatives of several organisations made the call during a meeting that came on the margins of â?8th Africa Regional Conference on Women, dubbed Beijing +15".
The participants also demanded enactment of â?Freedom of Information legislatio nâ? in Africa â?in line with internationally-accepted human rights principles a nd standards in order to guarantee citizensâ? access to critical information, pa rticularly to African women, to facilitate their full and effective participatio n in governance, democratic processes and development.
â? Other demands centred on the need to accelerate implementation of the â?Beijing Platform for Action and all womenâ?s rights commitments through a multi - secto ral approach,â? ensure universal ratification of the African Union Protocol on W omenâ?s Rights among other things.