AU body lauds Nigeria’s performance in continent’s initiatives for women



By Fortune Abang

The African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AUECOSOCC) has recognized Nigeria‘s performance in the African Women’s Decade (AWD) initiatives to advance the rights of African women.

Dr Tunji Asaolu, Representative of Nigeria to the Third Permanent General Assembly of AU-ECOSOCC, praised her speech at the inaugural ceremony of the New Decade of Women project in Abuja.

The event was jointly organized by the Federal Ministry of Women’s Affairs and AU-ECOSOCC, in partnership with Dr Rhoda Makinde Initiative (DROMI), an NGO.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the AU launched AWD in 2010.

Asaolu said: “The AU-ECOSOCC recognizes Nigeria’s performance over the previous two decades. This is the Year 2000-2010: African Union Decade for Gender Equality and Grassroots Mobilization and Year 2011-2020: African Union Decade for the Engagement and Empowerment of Women .

“While we appreciate the efforts of the Nigerian government in the role it has played so far, there is still a long way to go, hence the need to domesticate the new decade 2020 to 2030.”

He added that the council would work closely with state and local governments across the federation, as well as with the private sector and international partners to achieve the goals.

Also speaking, Minister of Women’s Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen welcomed the relevance of the new Women’s Decade policy initiative to tackle issues affecting women and girls.

She recalled that the AU Heads of State / Government had, at their 33rd Summit held in February 2020 in Ethiopia, declared 2020-2030 as the new decade for women, having implemented 2010-2020 as the first decade of women.

She said the first decade of women from 2010 to 2020 was a popular approach to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and a very important decade for women on this continent.

“This is a critical time to advance gender equality, by accelerating the implementation of agreed global and regional commitments, in particular those of Dhakar on gender and AU decisions on gender equality. and the empowerment of women.

“The African Women’s Decade had ten things that were implemented on an annual basis through financial support from Discovery for African Women.

“This new declaration of the decade from 2020 to 2030 on the financial and economic inclusion of women inaugurated today is to make significant progress in improving the living conditions of millions of Nigerian women and girls,” said Tallen said.

In the meantime, Dr Rhoda Makinde, Executive Director of DROMI, thanked the Federal Government and AU-ECOSOCC for their support in empowering women.

“Today we celebrate the fact that the government has realized the potential of women in the economic development of nations and has seen fit to implement this project.

“Therefore, we are slowly but surely winning the race against poverty, ignorance and gender inequality,” Makinde said.

She revealed that the ministry, organ of the AU and its organization are in partnership to actualize and implement the new decade, as a working tool to achieve the goals in Nigeria.

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto and Makinde State has been decorated as ambassadors to lead the new Women’s Decade initiative.

ECOSOCC is an advisory body of the AU and was established to give civil society organizations a voice within AU institutions and decision-making processes.

NAN reports that the AU has declared 2020 to 2030 as the new Decade for Financial and Economic Inclusion of Women.

The decade, the union said, is of great importance for African women and girls to build momentum and consolidate the gains made over the years in its efforts to close existing gender gaps.

The AU said inequality and poverty are intertwined and therefore the decade focuses on developing strategies to catalyze and break this cycle that has held back women and girls for many decades.

In terms of economic inclusion, the AU said, the declaration is particularly timely as women make up 70% of informal cross-border traders and at a time when the continent is expected to launch its trade as part of the Continental Free Trade Area. African (AFCFTA). .

Among the benefits of this common market are the reduction of tariff and non-tariff barriers and the implementation of simplified trade regimes, which will make it more affordable for informal traders to operate through formal channels. (NOPE)


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