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FAO delivers message of solidarity at ECOWAS ministerial session on gender equality

A strong call to ECOWAS member countries to empower women in agriculture.


“Political and economic empowerment of women is the best seed to harvest sustainable development in ECOWAS member countries,” said Carla Mucavi, Director of the FAO Liaison Office to the UN during a high-level interactive session of Ministers of Gender from the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) held last month in New York.

The event was organized on the margins of the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) and featured presentations from the ECOWAS Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, ministers in charge of gender and women affairs from Burkina-Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Niger and Senegal, and the Minister of Trade, Regional Integration, Economic Affairs and Employment in The Gambia, who delivered a message from the Gambian Vice President, H.E. Fatoumata Tambajang.

The session sought to garner the commitment of ECOWAS Member States towards laying the foundation for gender-inclusive economic growth that will eradicate poverty and contribute to sustainable development.

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