The recent African Union Summit concluded that women empowerment is crucial for the continent’s development. For this to happen, Africa needs to address the issues that its women face, and harness their economic and political potential.
The 25th African Union Summit made women empowerment one of its key objectives in order to reach its goal of development. Under its theme of “2015 Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063,” the Summit aims to recognise the potential of women and provide them access to resources to enhance their economic and political participation. The Agenda 2063envisions Africa as a peaceful and prosperous country by year 2063, with its citizens at the forefront of development. For this to happen, women need to take part in bringing about change.
The Summit acknowledged the role of gender equality in development. “Women…are yearning for peace, for themselves, their children, their families and communities, to live normal lives, to plough their fields and to educate their children,” said Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairperson of the AU Summit. When women feel safe and secure, they are able to find work, and provide education for their children. In turn, this enables children and the next generation to access better opportunities in the future.