AU Special Envoy Calls for More Robust Female Empowerment In Africa

The Special Envoy for women, peace and security at the African Union (AU), who has been promoting women empowerment in politics for the past several years, says progress not satisfactory.

She says, ‘Though there are some progresses in some African countries like Senegal, Africa is far from empowering its women, according to Ms. Bineta Diop, AU Special envoy women, peace and security.

“It was not a gift, it was achieved through our struggle,” she said, mentioning the active involvement of women in her country’s politics –Senegal – as one of the success stories.

“I would love to see more… I wanted to see real action on the ground… We have to make sure that women are part and parcel of the political decision makers. We are not there yet. The glass is half full,” she said at a press conference in Addis Ababa at the sidelines of African Women Leaders Network 2nd Women Leaders Forum for Africa’s Transformation opened on Tuesday at the African Union HQ.

The Network was launched following a three-day “High-Level Women Leaders Forum for Africa’s Transformation” at the UN headquarters at the end of May 2017. The forum was organized by the African Union and UN Women with the support of the German government.

The Network aims to harness the wealth of African women’s experience of leadership, build on other existing and emerging networks of women leaders by developing partnerships that strengthens the capacity of women.

Appointed by the African Union as Special Envoy for women in January 2014, Bineta Diop is the Founder and President of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), an international NGO) that seeks to foster, strengthen and promote the leadership role of women in conflict prevention, management and resolution in Africa.

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