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Friday, 06 October 2017

Africa forum embraces the ‘Spotlight initiative’

Violence against women and girls is the root cause of discrimination and disempowerment, and this is not only about Africa, speakers insisted on Tuesday (26 September) at a conference on “Political Empowerment of Women in Africa and in Europe”. The conference was part of the “S&D group Africa Week 2017”. This is the second year that the group of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament has organised a week-long conference on Africa-EU relations. This year the initiative is dedicated to the “youth and future of Africa”. S&D group leader Gianni Pittella said he was proud his political force was spearheading the initiative to build a more mature partnership between the EU and Africa. As an Italian, he did not overlook the tragedy in the Mediterranean, saying that instead of building a “fortress Europe”, legal channels for migrants should be made available, and real links between young Africans and Europeans should be created, including “visas for start-ups”. European Commissioner for Development Neven Mimica said empowerment of women was a universal struggle as multiple economic, cultural and social barriers and gender stereotypes continue to hinder women’s and girls’ participation in all walks of life. No region or country in the world has truly triumphed in trying to solve the problem, he said.

Source: Euractiv