The African Union Ambassador to the USA, H.E. Amb. Hilda Suka Mafudze participated in the 5th Annual US-Africa International Women's Day Conference and Award - 30-31 July 2021 - Las Vegas, Nevada
organized by the Honors Department at Global Oved Dei Seminary and University (GODSU) to support and honor award-recipient Chancellor Dr. Diane Moore-Eubanks.
The Ambassador noted that this day marks an auspicious occasion as AU celebrates 31st July as "Africa's Women Day" and the AU Commission is heading towards an inclusive Africa, gender equality and women empowerment in the continent.
In honoring Dr. Moore-Eubanks, and in celebration of women aroudn the world, the Ambassador reiterated that the African Union, through its Agenda 2063, envisages a non-sexist Africa, an Africa where girls and boys can reach their full potential, where men and women contribute equally to the development of their societies. Aspiration 6 of Agenda 2063 envisions an Africa whose development is people-driven, especially relying on the potential offered by its women and youth.
The Ambassador recalled the commitment of Heads of State and Government to ratify and implement the Protocol on the Rights of Women, which provides a framework for recognition, respect and observance of women’s rights in Africa with the aim that all nations in the Union recognize, promote and respect the rights of women as equal citizens. Above all the Protocol places responsibility on the States and governments in Africa to put in place mechanisms needed to accelerate the protection and observance of women’s rights at all levels.
The Ambassador informed that in February 2021, the African Union Commission moved to establish a Trust Fund to compliment governments and international efforts in funding women economic programmes in Africa. This African Union Commission’s effort to launch this initiative, the Fund for African Women, is a demonstration of the commitment by the Union to advance its quest for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The Ambassador called for support and partnership with all friends of Africa in moving the women agenda forward and sustain the hard-won gains by building the capacity of local women leaders and countering the negative attitudes toward women in politics in the continent.