African leaders continue to stress their commitment to female empowerment in Africa after the AU Summit which was held in Johannesburg this week. The 2015 Africa Public Service Day started on Friday, June 19 and will continue for three days in Congo Brazzaville under the theme “The Role of Public Services in Women Empowerment, Innovation and Accessible Service Delivery in Africa”.
June 20 th, 2015
The theme of women’s empowerment and development has been a common thread in all discussions recently. The 2015 Africa Service Commemoration Day focuses on examining the role of public services in women empowerment and its expected impacts on the African Development Agenda 2063. The theme was decided upon after 2015 had been declared by African leaders as the “year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063” which rightly positions African Women in African public services.
Long-term policy designed by women
Popular actress Angelina Jolie stressed the importance of establishing long term security policies designed by women as she concluded her speech during the AU Summit. “We need policies for long-term security that are designed by women, focused on women, executed by women-not at the expense of men, or instead of men, but alongside and with men.”
She added: “There is no greater pillar of stability than a strong, free and educated woman, and there is no more inspiring role model than a man who respects and cherishes women and champions their leadership.”
“There is no task women cannot do”
During his address this week, AU leader Robert Mugabe recounted the important role played by women for many years, as he acknowledged the need for more to be done in line with the AU theme for this year.
“Women is a special breed; there is no task which women cannot do”, Mugabe said as he mentioned a few women including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission,DrNkosazana Dlamini Zuma, whom he described as “trailblazers and living testimonies of women leadership”.
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