Dr. Maya Morsi, President of the NCW, participated in the ministerial meeting of the Seventh Specialized Technical Committee of the African Union on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. Thirty-four countries participated through video conference technology, as the meeting aims to expand the scope of procedures related to the obligations of member states to reinforce gender equality and empower women.

This meeting comes after the two-day meeting of experts to discuss and study all the issues before presenting them to the ministerial meeting.

It is worth mentioning that the African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment meets every year to evaluate the implementation of the recommendations issued by previous meetings, and evaluate the progress made in each country concerning the strategy implementation for women’s empowerment.

Additionally, the Union identifies the difficulties and obstacles they face, and reviews appropriate solutions for ensuring gender equality and the empowerment of women within each AU member state, besides formulating common African decisions, policies and positions, following up progress on commitments made by member states, advocating for the ratification, implementation and localization of AU legal and political instruments to achieve benefits and rights full of African women, advocating for the protection, promotion and respect of women’s human rights.

According to a recent statement issued by the National Council for Women, the aforementioned meeting included the adoption of decisions on the African Women Trust Fund and the African Union Fund for Youth, as well as the results of the Second African Union Conference of Men on their positive role in ending violence against women and girls, the Women and Youth Initiative for Financial and Economic Inclusion 2030, and the AU Gender Observatory as a reporting mechanism and background information.

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