As the African Union celebrates its 50th Anniversary; we, daughters, sisters, wives and mothers are looking back on the changes brought by the historical Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa adopted in July 2004 on our lives.
This Declaration was the African Leadership’s attempt to promote gender equality and to empower women in Africa. A decade later, data show that very little have been made to improve the social and professional stature of women.
With the exception of Botswana and South Africa, countries in which the proportion of women in senior management were estimated to 38 % and 28 % respectively in 2012 compared to the 19% global average in 2004 (Grant Thornton), women are still well marginalized in Africa.
In addition, alarming statistics indicating that women make up more than 50% of the illiterate population in Africa (United Nations University), ten years after the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa, confirm the existence of a drastic gender gap in Africa.
The discussion of June 26, 2013 is to examine the reasons of a halt on change for women in Africa through factors such as gender role, culture and education by exceptional keynote speakers and panelists.
We invite all our eminent members, men and women of the African community and the public at large to participate in this instructive conversation which explores effective actions at individual, family, community and African levels to accompany the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa and to enable the blossoming our beloved daughters, sisters, wives and mothers.
Due to security needs, we invite all guests to RSVP by June 23rd 2013 at http://usasdiscussionpanel2013.eventbrite.com and to bring one piece of government issued identification. A minimum of $20 is required to register. Proceeds from this gathering will benefit “The Protecting Rose Campaign” which is our ongoing comprehensive platform to raise awareness on the perils of Female Genital Mutilation in the African Community.
We look forward to welcoming you on June 26, 2013 at the Nigeria House.