addis ababa [Africa]July 31 (ANI): Africa celebrates Women’s Day on Sunday, a day dedicated to recognizing and affirming the role of women’s organizing in achieving Africa’s political freedom and advancing the status social and economic status of women on the continent.
July 31 is Pan African Women’s Day and 2019 marked the 57th anniversary of the Pan African Women’s Organization (OPAF), the AU’s specialized agency dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment. .
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In his statement to commemorate the day, the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, inter alia noted the significance of the day by emphasizing that Pan-African Women’s Day is a day to celebrate and recognize ancestors of Africa who fought valiantly for liberation and development. of this continent. He also reiterated the important role of African women who continue to be the backbone of our economies as farmers, entrepreneurs, traders, scientists and leaders in many other sectors.
The Chairperson noted that one of his priorities remains the full implementation of the Policy Organs’ call for gender parity among AU staff by 2025 and indicated that he will continue to ‘Demand the dignity and protection of all women and girls who have been forcibly displaced in Africa; noting that it is the collective responsibility of Africans to hold themselves and their leaders accountable to deliver on commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
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African Women’s Day provides a national, continental and global opportunity to remember and affirm the important role of African women in evolving a strong Pan-African identity, with shared values, goals and vision for the future. , as well as women being key contributors. towards realizing Africa’s inclusive growth and sustainable development agenda anchored in the AU’s vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa
In 2019, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union designated July 7 of each year as “African Integration Day” to celebrate the major achievements made in the process of regional and continental integration, and also, to deliberate on key lessons learned, with a view to addressing the challenges faced.
African Women’s Day 2021 was celebrated under the theme “African Women in Arts, Culture and Heritage”.
The commemoration is also aligned with the declaration of the years 2020 to 2030 as the Decade of Financial and Economic Inclusion for Women. The overall goal of the Decade of Financial and Economic Inclusion for Women is that every woman can work, be paid and participate in the economy of her country.
This involves reviewing the regulatory, legislative and policy environment to determine what changes are needed to foster women’s financial inclusion and helping financial institutions adopt approaches tailored to women, as a distinct market segment, as well as their participation in key economic sectors including the creative and cultural industries
African Women’s Day provides an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the role and contribution of women in the creative economy and the creative and cultural industries and to encourage women to join the sectors as well as rally support on how to meet the challenges and unexplored opportunities for women.
This is also done to amplify the voices and visibility of women in the creative industry, including but not limited to – Challenging gender stereotypes and harmful social norms through arts, culture and heritage to increase retention and leverage different culture components to spread the message about protecting and promoting the rights of girls and women.
It is also about promoting the use of culture and the arts to demystify and de-stereotype the creative economy sector and foster the participation of girls and women in the creative economy through studies in gender-sensitive humanities and to encourage exhibitions and galleries or museums to grant women equal opportunities in exhibiting works by female artists and to acquire more works of art produced by women.
Among other things, they advocate for women to access and occupy leadership positions in the creative economy sector, advocate for an enabling environment that supports the growth of professional women artists, including through education, and expand resources to women in the creative economy, especially financial and technical resources. (ANI)
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