Nigeria: ECOWAS Chief salutes West African women on Int'l Women's Day celebrations

Abuja, Ngeria (PANA) - Felicitating with what he called "the industrious and wonderful women of West Africa" on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, celebrated globally on 8 March, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Desire Ouédraogo, has pledged to continue to work towards making gender equality a reality in the region.

In a goodwill message to the women, a copy of which was obtained by PANA, Ouédraogo said "In keeping with the theme chosen by the United Nations for the celebration this year – Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity – let me reassure women of the Community that ECOWAS had already taken a number of steps consistent with the affirmative action on women empowerment and the Beijing Declaration."

He said the Commission and other Community Institutions will continue to build on the achievements already recorded in this regard and pursue the cause of women empowerment and development through capacity building.

Ouédraogo paid glowing tributes to women in West Africa for standing side by side with men from the period of independence struggle of Member States to the present time when they continue to serve as pillars of families and societies and great nation builders.

He said it is heartening to note that in the ECOWAS region, women have meritoriously risen to the highest level of leadership in all human endeavours, including as President, Vice president, Chief Justices, Government Ministers, Nobel Laureates and distinguished regional and national lawmakers.

The President noted that ECOWAS, through the implementation of various regional and national instruments and texts such as the ECOWAS Gender Policy, had not only demonstrated unwavering commitment to breaking gender barriers, but also supported and encouraged Member States to embrace gender mainstreaming and women empowerment as a deliberate policy to boost regional integration and development efforts.

He believes that women in the ECOWAS region are equal partners with men in the collective task for the realization of the ECOWAS objectives of regional integration with equal opportunities for overall progress and development of the community.

Ouédraogo assured the women of the commitment and determination of the Commission and other Community institutions to continue to work for the empowerment of women politically and economically to enable them realize their full potential and contribute even more positively to regional integration and development efforts.
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08 Março 2015 15:30:50

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