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Friday, 15 March 2013

Women writers celebrated at the ACP Secretariat

Women writers from ACP countries were celebrated at ACP Secretariat in Brussels on 8th of March, the International Women’s Day.
The day was marked by the launch of two exhibitions: “ACP Women of Literature”, which allows visitors to consult books authored by ACP women, respectively “Women of Africa”, presenting posters of important African women figures, who have distinguished themselves in the political, social and cultural circles.
The event included also speeches from H.E. Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Secretary-General, African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, and H.E. Mr. Samuel Outlule, Ambassador of Botswana, Chairman of the ACP Committee of Ambassadors.
In  his talk, Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas underlined the greatness of the role women play in educating and transmitting good habits and high values to the next generation, as well as in promoting democracy in politics. He also made a call for ceasing discriminations, intimidations, persecutions, and trials against women. Thus, he added his voice to the call by the UN from 25 November 2012 for mobilization to end violence against women.

2013 also marks CTA’s 30 years of outreach on women in agriculture and rural development. In 1986 CTA organized the first relevant event on the topic, namely the seminar (in Brussels) on Food and Nutrition Strategies highlights the crucial role of women in food security. This year, the 3rd Edition of Africa Wide Women and Young Scientists Awards will take place. The event is scheduled between 15 and 20 July.
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) supported the event through a stand and publications written, or published by women.

Source: ACP, CTA Brussels.