International Women's Day - The African Union (AU) on Friday celebrated International Women's Day in Addis Ababa with Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), calling on everybody to be involved in the emancipation of women.
“The emancipation of women is a responsibility for all humanity,” she said during the commemoration of the day at the African Union Headquarters attended by representatives of Member States, the international community, civil society, private sector and AU staff.
Dr. Dlamini-Zuma invited guests to exchange views on the theme selected by the AU for the occasion: “Vision of the African Women on Pan Africanism and Renaissance.”
The AUC Chairperson congratulated women for the vital role they have played in the liberation of the continent and continue to play in virtually all spheres of life, particularly in the enhancement of economic security for their families, communities and countries.
Organized by the Directorate of Women, Gender and Development of the AUC, a highlight of the celebration was a panel discussion on the theme of the day by the Permanent Representatives Committee of the AU, Commissioners and staff, and invited guests. The panel was moderated by Mrs. Habiba Mejri-Cheikh, Director of Information and Communication of the AUC.
Dr. Dlamini-Zuma called on all women to take stock and review past progress, while looking at the next 50 years, to ensure that women are fully empowered to play their rightful role in the development of the continent.
“Full development on the continent cannot be achieved unless women are involved,” she said, stressing that the AU remained resolute in promoting gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment in a rapidly globalised and dynamic world.
“We are also taking great strides to redress gender imbalance and promote women’s rights,” the AUC Chairperson said, calling on the continent to take stock of Beijing 20.