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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Women's Day fête honours “transformative” power of gender parity

International Women's Day was celebrated at ACP House on Friday, March 7th with a series of compelling presentations under the theme “ACP Women: Actors in Development”, capped off by a prize-giving ceremony, and an impromptu fashion show.
The ACP Secretary General H.E Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni set the tone for the event, reminding the meeting that “for a nation to rise to the heights of its economic and social potential, it needs to invest equally in its entire population – not just the male half.”
“Women's empowerment is not an act of charity nor is it an expression of humanitarian compassion for women. It is a recognition of a right, as women's rights are human rights.”
Mr. Mumuni cited a report by the World Economic Forum showing that countries with the least gender gaps are the most economically competitive. Studies also suggest that the economic participation of women drives household income growth.
“This is what the United Nations High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda refers to as the “transformative power”of women's equal participation,” he said.

Source: ACP Secretariat