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Body pushes for women’s issues

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The Global Power Women Network (GPWN) African chapter, which held a high-level meeting that attracted powerful women from across the continent in Harare last month, has come up with a declaration, The Harare Call for Action, aimed at pushing issues affecting women at all African Union (AU) gatherings.

The GPWN African chapter is chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe. It is a platform of elected or appointed women representatives seeking to advance the cause of women in Africa through various empowerment initiatives.

In the Harare Call for Action, GPWN said it would establish close collaboration with the AU Commission to ensure the effective implementation, monitoring and evaluation of key decisions by the continental body.

The action plan also stated that it would “support the establishment of the Global Power Women Network Africa as an important accountability mechanism for women and girls on existing commitments and resolutions in Africa”.

“As parliamentarians, (we will) organise sensitisation campaigns and information exchange in communities and target groups using the media and new communications as well as lobbying to influence decisions at various levels. (We will) advocate for increase in budget for programmes that address women’s issues and play an active role in oversight and ensure the urgent need to strengthen capacity, including the capacity of parliamentarians on gender issues,” the GPWN said.

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