UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the African Union Commission Ministerial Gender Pre-Summit, and the Africa Ministerial Pre-Consultative Meeting on the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), being held at the margins of the 29th Ordinary Sessions of the AU Heads of State and Government. The 2017 theme for the African Union Summit is “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth”.
On her first day in Ethiopia, the Executive Director attended the Ministerial Gender Pre-Summit and gave a closing statement on the theme of the AU Summit. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka also made a Commitment Statement to AU Gender Ministers.
Addressing the participants for the at Africa pre-CSW 61 consultations, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said: “Africa as a continent has much to gain from making effective changes in the world of work. Because our young economies, our challenged economies, also need to work, and work much better for women.” Outlining the key drivers of women’s economic empowerment, the Executive Director urged the African delegations to speak in one voice, for women and girls. Read her full speech»
The Executive Director also held a bilateral meeting with the Africa Union Commission Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security Bineta Diop and with Ambassador Lazhar SOUALEM, Human Rights, Social Development, Cultural, Scientific and International technical Affairs Director / General Direction of Political Affairs and International security, Algeria.