Vice-President HAIDARA CISSÉ calls for economic advancement of Women

The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) 2nd Vice-President, Hon. Haidara Aichata CISSE officially opened the 12th Pan-African Parliament Conference on Women’s Rights calling for “large mobilization of women promotion, empowerment and economic advancement across the continent.”

The Conference is held under African Union’s theme, “2019, the year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to forced Displacement in Africa.”

Launched in 2008, the Conference for Women has become an annual event to review progress on women’s rights issues in Africa.

“We need everyone to fight for the betterment of women in Africa as they are family pioneers,” said Hon. Cisse while officially opening the Conference.

“I am delighted that we have this conference that is advancing and seeking solutions on women empowerment. This conference has since become an avenue for ongoing monitoring and evaluation of women issues, revisiting progress made by the PAP in the promotion of gender mainstreaming, the economic advancement of women in Africa, deliberating on planning, implementation and monitoring of gender focused programmes, policies and activities of the African Union and the AU and Pan-African Parliament.”

In line with the African Union (AU) theme for 2019 and the AU agenda 2063 for the continent, the 12th PAP Conference on Women’s Rights focuses on the role of parliamentarians in empowering women, through the enforcement of legislation as well. It will also focus on devising ways to monitor the implementation of relevant instruments protecting and promoting the rights of women.

Hon. Margaret MITI, the Deputy Chairperson of PAP Women’s Caucus expressed gratitude towards women, men and youth contributing to the development of a bright future for women and girls on African continent.

“This is a valuable and most important annual event which mainly focuses on the strengthening of women, mainstreaming of women’s rights. We need to see more parliamentarians joining in the cause,” said Hon. Miti.

PAP Goodwill Ambassador for Economic Development and Women Empowerment, Mrs. Bridgette Motsepe-RADEBE also expressed contentment in taking part in the event.

“I am delighted to be a part of this conference. Being a woman is not an advantage but a gift from God. It is women from Africa who are making a change on this earth. People like Mama Winnie Mandela championed the struggle for better and empowered women in Africa. We salute women for not only being mothers but also agents of transformation, economic advancement across societies and being pioneers of progress,” she said.

Ambassador Radebe also apologized on for the violence which claimed the lives of 12 people and destruction of property which transpired last month. She further encouraged tolerance, love and unity amongst Africans.