In recognising the achievements of women from different spheres of life, we commemorate the 107th International Women’s Day. However, we take cognisance that gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights as enshrined in international laws, African Union and NEPAD policies and frameworks, are not yet fully implemented on the African continent, nor claimed by women themselves. In light of this, the World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap will not be entirely closed until 2186. This, however, is too long a wait. It is for this reason that the NEPAD Agency is in full support of this year's theme, Be Bold for Change.
Despite noted policy inaction and setbacks, we celebrate the promotion of gender equality, increased capacities and autonomy of African women. We recognise the advancement of gender equality, women empowerment and women human rights in various cultures and communities, that are promoting the attainment of inclusive growth and prosperity. We also celebrate men who are champions in contributing immensely towards the gender agenda.
As the NEPAD Agency, we have the desire to strengthen African institutions and organisations, including grassroots women's organisations, to play a catalytic role in accelerating the attainment of a prosperous peaceful and secure African continent, in which its daughters and sons will fully enjoy and participate in the creation of a better future for all. Together, let us continue making strides towards “The Africa We Want” - An Africa where Development is People-Driven, Unleashing the Potential of its Women and Youth!