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African “Women’s Decade” is chance to achieve quick gains

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Summary of story from Modern Ghana, September 15, 2011

On Tuesday, the Ghanaian Vice-President, John Dramani Mahama, invited West African countries to use the African Women’s Decade to develop strategic action plans so they can be implemented to achieve some quick gains for women.

At the opening of the UN Women High Level Symposium on “Sustaining Gender Equality Responses in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) zone” in Accra, Mr Mahama said that the dedication of the period 2010 to 2020 as the Decade for African Women was to ensure that there would be real strategic changes in the lives of women to positively impact on societies.

Earlier in a welcoming address, the Minister of Women and Children’s Affairs Juliana Azumah-Mensah said “several ECOWAS countries ranked among the lowest in the world in relation to UN Women’s Gender index on gender equality.”

She said gender responsive planning and budgeting was critical to Africa’s food security, human development and economic potential and pointed out that plans and funding would need to be better targeted to ensure that the nations began to empower women.

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