Senegal: ECOWAS commended for gender equality initiatives

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal’s Minister of Women, Family and Child Protection Mariama Sarr has commended the ECOWAS Commission for its initiatives in the promotion of gender equality and sustainable development within the region, an ECOWAS Commission statement made available to PANA Wednesday said.

It said Sarr made the commendation in a speech at the opening of a regional gender experts’ meeting in Dakar, Senegal, on Monday.

The Minister said the Commission’s Gender programme activities were aimed at providing community citizens – men and women – with the opportunity and capacity to benefit from human security and development.

“Such a move demonstrates a new era of fundamental strides and establishing innovative approaches towards a future, desired by West African women and girls,” the Minister said, while acknowledging the respect for women’s rights and promotion of gender equality set out by ECOWAS as a fundamental principle for building a fairer society.

She said the principle governing the daily life and activity of communities and institutions is anchored on poverty eradication as a basis for the achievement of regional socio-economic development, peace and security.

Also speaking, ECOWAS Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender Fatimata Dia Sow attributed the significant progress achieved over the last ten years on gender equality to the endorsement and validation by African leaders of various protocols and international instruments, and the regional policy for gender-related issues developed by ECOWAS and adopted by Member States.

While all member states have mechanisms and policies for the promotion of gender equality, the Commissioner, however noted that much effort is still required to turn various opportunities for sustainable development into reality.

The representative of Ghana’s Minister for Women Affairs, Mrs. Kate Bob Milliar, whose country currently chairs the ECOWAS Authority, pledged Ghana’s commitment to work towards gender equality in the region and the eradication of the Ebola Virus Disease.
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14 january 2015 10:53:12

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