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African Voices on Women’s Empowerment in Agricultural Development

African ministers responsible for gender and women’s affairs attended the 9th African Regional Conference on Women for the twenty-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), and adopted a Declaration calling for their respective governments to achieve gender equality by 2030, as spelled out in the Agenda 2063 and highlighting agriculture as a key enabler in women’s empowerment.

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Fifty-one African Member States attended the Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 19 November 2014, coordinated at the regional level by UNECA with the active engagement of Member States and in collaboration with AUC, UN Women, FAO and other UN Agencies in Addis.

The Conference discussed the consolidated regional report for endorsement in view of the 2015 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women scheduled to carry out a global review and appraisal of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action 20 years after its adoption.

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