Africa: African Union Gender Pre-Summit on 2016 African Year of Human Rights, with Particular Focus on the Rights of Women

| January 25, 2016

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Key actors working towards women’s empowerment in Africa met last week in Addis Ababa to discuss the major barriers preventing gender equality in the continent.

The 8th African Union Gender Pre-Summit listed a number of factors as the main obstacles to equality between men and women, including: economic exclusion, financial systems that perpetuate discrimination, limited participation in political and public life, lack of access to education, gender-based violence, harmful cultural practices, and exclusion of women from peace tables.

The event leads up to the 26th African Union Summit, which will bring the heads of states and governments of 54 African countries to Addis Ababa from January 21-31. The summit will focus on addressing human rights issues in the continent, with a particular focus on the rights of women.

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