Women believed crucial to success of African Renaissance

Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- South Africa's Foreign Affairs minister Nkosasana Dlamini-Zuma has averred that unless women were part of the endeavour, there can be no African Recovery unless women.
Dlamini-Zuma was Tuesday in Dakar, Senegal addressing a meeting of 'Femmes Africa Solidarité,' the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa, and the African Women Committee on Peace and Development Consultation.
She observed that conflicts and wars had eroded the power of women in Africa, turning them into refugees.
"Women are missing, or are few and far below in decision making bodies like government, Parliament, the clergy, industry, academic institutions, judiciary and sports, to mention a few," Dlamini-Zuma said, adding "as a result the women find themselves as being the majority of the poor, the ill, the ignorant and they are completely marginalised.
" The South African minister insisted that "our continent needs the energy, creativity, organisational skills and patience of women," whom she described as "a critical and valuable resource.
" She called on delegates to spend the week working out their positions and contribution to the World Conference against Racism that will be held in Durban, South Africa in August.
"The success of the African Renaissance is intrinsically interwoven with the emancipation of African women," she posited, saying "this is an African century, a hundred years in which the African woman has to be in the front line of the struggle for the renewal of our mother land.
" The meeting in Dakar would formulate strategies for speeding up the development and subsequent adoption of the draft protocol for the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, on the Rights of Women in Africa, and the draft is to be tabled before the OAU in 2002.

20 june 2001 09:09:00

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