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UN, African Union to launch Kenyan chapter of African Women Leaders Network


UN, African Union to launch body for women leaders   

The body will bring together women from private and public sectors to push for delivery of 1995 Beijing Conference commitments.

UN Women and African Union are planning to launch a Kenya National Chapter African Women Leaders Network (AWLN).

The body, which will be launched before the UN conference on women in March 2020, seeks to promote women's voice in gender equality agenda.

The body will bring together women from private and public sectors to push for delivery of 1995 Beijing Conference commitments including ending gender-based violence and inclusion of women in conflict prevention and peace building.

“AWLN is a women-driven, action-oriented, and ground-breaking movement of African women leaders," reads the joint statement released on February 28.

“It seeks to enhance the leadership of African women in bringing transformative changes focusing on sustainable peace, security and development in the continent,” adds the statement.

It will also serve as a conduit for enhanced mobilisation of women in various sectors to ensure sustainable peace and development.

The platform would harness African women’s experiences in leadership to advance women empowerment across all sectors.

Women will this year be converging at the UN Headquarters in New York for the Commission on Status of Women scheduled for March 9 and 20, to reflect on progress made towards achieving gender equality and challenges therein.