FEMNET Congratulates Her Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini–Zuma on her successful election as Chairperson to the African Union Commission
The African Women’s Development and Communication Network, FEMNET, joins African women in congratulating Her Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on her successful election as Chairperson to the African Union Commission (AUC), making her the first woman to take up the highest post at the AUC. “This is a victory not only for African women, but for Africans as a whole,” states Dinah Musindarwezo, Executive Director of FEMNET. “This is an unprecedented time when African women are vying for the highest positions and succeeding,” she added.
FEMNET recognizes the extensive experience and exemplary leadership that H.E. Dr. Dlamini-Zuma has demonstrated in her previous posts at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Africa. FEMNET is appreciative of the strides she has made for the betterment of African women, and has high hopes that H.E. Dr. Dlamini-Zuma will deliver on her promises, and will continue to promote the agenda for women’s rights and gender equality. FEMNET is confident that Dr. Dlamini-Zuma will be able to respond swiftly and efficiently to emerging issues, such as the unrest in Mali, Guinea Bissau, and the continued conflict in DRC.
FEMNET stands ready to support Dr. Dlamini-Zuma as she leads the AUC, especially in the area of women’s rights which is FEMNET’s area of expertise. FEMNET looks forward to working with her and the African Union on a variety of issues including popularizing the African Women’s Decade as well as pushing for the ratification and implementation of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.
As a member of the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) Coalition, FEMNET further urges her to exert pressure on Member-States who have not signed, ratified, or implemented the Protocol do so. FEMNET is also confident that under her leadership, the African Women’s Decade will be given the attention and prominence it deserves and the lives of African women will significantly improve and transform.
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