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EU and African Union Co-Host "Women in Power" Event

July 3, 2018

A major side event at the 31st African Union Summit currently underway in Mauritania was the joint African Union-European Union "Women in Power" event.

Attendees at the African Union "Women in Power" event held on June 30, 2018. Photo: African Union

AU Chair President Kagame and EU Commissioner Mimica co-hosted the event.

The purpose of the event was to hold a high-level dialogue between Africa and Europe on the role of women as key drivers of political, social and economic development, and to deepen existing commitments in this area.

Several other high-level AU and EU representatives, Heads of State, and representatives of international organisations attended the event. Among them: HE Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, HE Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger, HE Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, HE Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of the Republic of Burkina Faso, HE Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Six months after the AU-EU Abidjan Summit, this joint event is another signal of the strong partnership that unites both continents. The AU and EU will continue joining forces to accelerate efforts to support gender equality and women’s empowerment — which are fundamental to achieving all the Sustainable Development Goals.

“Gender equality is always on the agenda. It is always a top priority for both the AU and the EU”, said President Paul Kagame

“The road ahead is long and efforts to achieve gender equality should start at home. As men, we must spread the word that women’s empowerment is also our business”, said Mr. Neven Mimica.

Also present at the opening ceremony, were the minister of Social Affairs, Childhood and Family in Mauritania Ms. Naha Mint Ould Mouknass, and the UN Deputy Secretary General Ms. Amina Mohammed who lauded the efforts across the continent across various spheres across the continent. The President of Niger, Mr. Mahamadou Issoufou also addressed the gathering. He is the leader on the African Continental Free Trade Area.

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