The Pan-African Parliament Women’s Caucus is set to host a Conference for Women in October on women’s rights thereby affording women from across the continent a platform to review women’s issues.
The Women’s Caucus meeting took place at the ongoing sitting on the PAP Committees. The Committees are sitting under the African Union 2022 theme ‘Building resilience in nutrition on the African continent: Accelerate the human capital, social and economic development.’ The Women’s Caucus meeting also comes at a time when the PAP is working towards reviving, renewing, repositioning and reinvigorating the continental Parliament.
The Pan African Conference on Women’s Rights will focus on women empowerment and inclusion in governance. Chairperson of the Women’s Caucus, Hon Amina Tidjani Yaya said women play a significant role in many aspects of the African continent hence the Conference for Women will afford them an opportunity to acquire knowledge of measures to promote women's economic empowerment.
“We are looking forward to having this special time dedicated to women and we are committed to seeing this Conference being a success and coming up with a tangible roadmap. The platform will afford us a chance to interrogate initiatives for economic empowerment and also discuss how we can have to gender-sensitive budgets even in our national parliaments,” said Hon Amina Tidjani Yaya.
The Conference will build the capacities of the women for an in-depth understanding of the recent continental and international commitment of AU Member States to address the empowerment of women. Issues to do with fighting poverty, governance and legal protection will also be discussed at the Conference. Tools on mentoring the youth, men and women, to be champions of gender equality and women’s empowerment will also be on the table for debate.
The one-day conference will draw its participants from Parliamentarians from the AU Member States, Members of Parliament of PAP, representatives of the African Union, the United Nations and its agencies, particularly the UN Women.