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New Year message 2016 of H.E. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, The Chairperson, African Union Commission (AUC)

We look back to the year 2015 with pride at the milestones we have achieved, prompted by the declaration of the “Year of Women’s Empowerment for the Realization of African Agenda 2063”. We undertook several interventions towards the empowerment of women and girls, with the African Union (AU), the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) member states and all other sectors working  together to deliver on this noble goal.  

Several successful elections were held in member states, and we congratulate the peoples and governments for their commitment at each election, to move a step further towards realizing the spirit and letter of the African Charter on Elections, Governance and Democracy.

Our collective efforts of solidarity paid dividends when we finally defeated the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and made progress towards the operationalization of the African Centre for Disease Control.

The African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS), the first of its kind on the continent, finalized its assignment and came up with recommendations on peacemaking, transitional justice, and sustainable development for the Republic of South Sudan.

We remain concerned about the ongoing challenges faced by the peoples of Burundi, Libya, Mali and South Sudan, and the African Union remains committed to work with our Member states to ensure that lasting peace is restored.

We pay tribute to the African peacekeepers who continue to serve the continent and help to move us closer to the goal of silencing the guns by 2020. To those who during 2015 made the ultimate sacrifice, we shall remember their contributions.

During the year, the African Union Commission in conjunction with the United Nations Economic Commissions for Africa (UNECA) introduced the African Union Gender Scorecard to, among other things, take stock of the impact of gender interventions on women empowerment towards the accomplishment of the Africa Agenda 2063. The outcome of this effort reveals that significant achievements had been made, but much more needs to be done, and done faster.

In order to sustain the momentum of gender equality and women’s empowerment in 2015, the African Heads of States and Government declared 2016 as the year of Human Rights with special emphasis on women rights to, among other things, compliment and build on the 2015 achievements.

In view of the foregoing and considering the fact that the year 2016 marks a veritable watershed on the continental human rights trajectory, the African Union will focus on the following three thematic areas to promote human rights in general and women rights in particular this year.
•    Knowledge production and management on human rights in general and women rights in particular,
•    Advocacy and outreach on promotion and protection of human rights in Africa, with special emphasis on the rights of women, and
•    Multi-Sectoral dialogue(s) on human rights and the rights of women in particular.

We look forward to partnering with you on these noble initiatives this year. Let me seize this opportunity to thank the Regional Economic Communities, the AU Organs and Institutions and African Union member states, civil society organisations and the international community for their commitment to the aspirations of our Union and to wish everyone a very prosperous, peaceful and happy 2016.

H.E Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
Chairperson of the African Union Commission

African Union Commission

 

 

 

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