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On our Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Program:
“2015 African Union’s Year of Women's Empowerment & Gender Equality”
The Africa Union declared 2015 as the “Year of Women's Empowerment and Development” towards “Africa's Agenda 2063,” a strategy aimed at optimizing the use of Africa resources for the benefit of all Africans within the next 50 years. Last July, then African Union Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zumam explained the reason for this year’s theme at the 23rd Ordinary Summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. Dr. Dlamini-Zuma said it was important right at the onset of agenda 2063 to assert the position of women in that agenda. She explained, “many a times, policies are made, decisions are taken and women come as an add on because they were either forgotten or not acknowledged and therefore their issues are never totally integrated and that’s why we struggle with mainstreaming because there are policies that are already in place that do not take into account women empowerment.”
Although she no longer serves as chairperson of the regional member body, Dr. Dlamini-Zuma says that a lot still needs to be done to bring women into the core of Africa’s development. In March, on International Women’s Day, she called for an action plan for “Agenda 2063” – to include "grassroots approach to gender equality and women's empowerment. “ She wants the agenda to include a political vision of a non-sexist Africa, an Africa where boys and girls can reach their full potential -- and where men and women contribute equally to the development of their societies.
Join us for our live, one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast of "Straight Talk Africa" when host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss women’s empowerment and gender equality on the continent.
One on One Phone or Skype Q&A:
African Union Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security
and Executive Director of Femmes Africa Solidarité
via Phone: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Washington Studio Guest:
Author, “Accelerate Glory: A-to-Z Principles to success in Life and Business”
Los Angeles Remote Guest:
Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellow, 2014-15
University of California Los Angles (UCLA) School of Law
Via Remote: Los Angeles, CA
Question of the Week:
How can African men and women best promote the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality movement?
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