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PAP women’s conference focuses on ending violence against women and girls in Africa

1-2 November 2013

African Women and Girls

Midrand, South Africa – A number of recommendations and resolutions regarding legal and Constitutional frameworks, awareness raising, female genital mutilation/cutting, violence in policy processes and political elections were made during the conference on Parliamentarians responding to violence against women and girls in Africa “From Legislation to Effective Enforcement”. The two day event was coordinated by the Pan African Parliament (PAP), with technical support from cooperating partner. It brought together representatives of civil society, academics, AU Organs, United Nations agencies and parliamentarians. Swedish MP Hon. Bodil Ceballos, Political Coordinator of the AWEPA Mozambique Strategic Vision programme also attended the event.

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According to the event’s draft concept paper, “Parliamentarians have a critical role to play to support the implementation of international and regional treaties that aim to promote the rights of women and create an enabling environment for women and girls. It is therefore, important that pan-African parliamentarians engage in discussions that will contribute to this vision and also create a platform where decisions that touch on women’s lives can be propagated, reviewed and evaluated for the promotion of the advancement of women in Africa.”

The objectives of the conference were as follows:

  • Explore the content of women’s rights, vis a vis violence against women and mechanisms available to enforce them at regional and national levels.
  • Enable women parliamentarians have an in-depth understanding of the scope of violence against women in the continent.
  • Explore strategic partnerships to address violence against women on the continent.
  • Recommend the way forward.

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