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International Women’s Day

The African Ambassadors Spouses' Group (AASG) donated a cheque of 100.000 birr to the ECOWAS Representatives for Ebola; and 104.269 birr to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital money from a fund raising lunch organised in March 2014, to support the humanitarian initiative.

 

The African Ambassadors Spouses' Group (AASG) donated a cheque of 100.000 birr to the ECOWAS Representatives for Ebola; and 104.269 birr to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital money from a fund raising lunch organised in March 2014, to support the humanitarian initiative.

8 March 2015

AU Commission in collaboration with Africa Ambassadors spouses Group (AASG) and UNWOMEN celebrate Women empowerment
 
The African Union Commission (AUC) on Saturday 7th March 2015 organised commemorative activities ahead of the International Women’s Day celebrated every 8 March. The event which brought together, Ambassadors, AU officials and other invited guests at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia took place in the presence of the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Mrs. Aisha Laraba Abdullahi, the AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, The Deputy Chief of Staff of the AUC, Mrs. Jennifer Chiriga, the Representative of UN Women, Mrs. Letty Chiwara and the president of the AASG, Mrs Jourdane Nourrice.

The celebration at the AU was organised by the Directorate of Women, Gender and Development of the AUC in collaboration with the Africa Ambassadors Spouses Group (AASG) and UN Women at under the theme “Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It!” which is in line with the 2015 theme of the African Union “Year of Women’s Empowerment and development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063.”  
 
Addressing the participants on behalf of the Chairperson of the AUC, Commissioner  Abdullahi, congratulated all the African Women and men the efforts made towards gender equality. She also expressed her gratitude for the efforts made by African States in this regard. “  Africa  is concerned and engaged to fight against gender discrimination towards achieving the Agenda 2063 aspirations depends on the establishment of a society where men and women are treated equally” she underlined. She emphasized the importance of the role of women and the youths in the development of Africa. “The Continent cannot achieve any significant development without significant representation of Women and the Youth”, underscored the Commissioner.      

The president of the African Ambassador’s Spouses Group (AASG) in her remarks emphasized that this year being the year of women empowerment the AASG will endeavour to raise funds to support various projects aimed at training women that are economically challenged to equip them with skills that can better shape them to generate income for their survival in the long term. Mrs. Nourrice underlined the contribution so far made by the AASG to help empower women, stating that last year alone a considerable amount was raised to help support the work done by the Fistula Hospital that provides medical support to women and girls affected by female genital mutilation among others. She invited the guests to make donations to support the esteemed causes aim at saving women’s lives. She also thanked the African Union and UN women for their support in making the event a success.

The representative of UN Women presented the He-For-She Campaign as a solidarity movement for Women Equality all over the world. “This initiative aims to move away from the idea that gender equality is a women centered issue” , she noted. She added that, men are now part of the process leading to the eradication of discrimination faced by women and girls. Mrs.  Chiwara called on all African women and men to join and support this campaign.

The call was immediately implemented by AU Commissioner Kaloko who registered online for the HeforShe campaign.

The African Ambassadors Spouses' Group (AASG) donated a cheque of 100.000 birr to the ECOWAS Representatives for Ebola; and 104.269 birr to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital money from a fund raising lunch organised in March 2014, to support the humanitarian initiative.

A female entrepreneur, Ms. Sarah Mohamed, shared her experience on how she has empowered many women notable the women returnees from Saudi Arabia helping them to be self-reliant.

African Union Commission

 


 
 
 
 

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