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Refiloe Joala – New Age – Thursday, 01 March 2012
The African Women’s Decade (2010-2020) is a bold political initiative that aims to put women at the centre of development on the continent. Launched in Nairobi, Kenya, in October 2010, with roots traceable to the UN First World Conference on Women, held in Mexico City in 1975, this initiative aims to create conditions under which the participation of all African women in the continent’s socio-economic development can be guaranteed.
The Women’s Decade was established on the basis of 10 thematic areas that would be treated at the local, national, regional and continental levels.
The 10 thematic areas are: fighting poverty and promoting economic empowerment of women and entrepreneurship; agricultural and food security; health, maternal mortality and HIV and Aids; education, science and technology; environment, climate change and sustainable development; peace, security and violence against women; governance and legal protection; finance and gender budgeting; women in decision-making positions, and the promotion of young women’s movements . . .