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Friday, 02 August 2013

ACP: Gender parity, in the highlight for the post-2015 agenda

In order to overcame the lag in the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) relating to gender and women empowerment, there is need to reinforce targeted measures, such as education and training, and gender quotas, the representatives of the 15 Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) at the 10th session of the ACP-EU regional Joint Parliamentary Assembly - held in Abuja (Nigeria) on 17-19 July – concluded.
The role of women in crises resolution, as well as the economical and social development of the ACP countries was highlighted. In this regard, the creation of an ACP-EU network of women in the framework of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly was proposed.
Not lastly, ECOWAS representatives called upon inclusion of gender parity and the fight against women violence as a specific goal in the MDGs post-2015 agenda.

On 17-19 July, the West African region of the ACP Group hosted the 10th session of the ACP-EU regional Joint Parliamentary Assembly, bringing together parliamentarians from the 15 ECOWAS states and counterparts from the European Parliament to discuss key trade and development issues faced by the region. Dialogue focused on the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA), energy resources and development, climate change, youth unemployment, fishing industry development, terrorism and piracy, and women’s empowerment.

Source: ACP