The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has urged member countries to empower women, whom she said remained marginalized. This is despite commitments by the countries to uphold human rights. She spoke in Addis Ababa at the commemoration of the just concluded Africa Human Rights Day (AHRD).
Dlamini-Zuma described the theme, “Women Rights – Our Collective Responsibility” as timely
and appropriate. It is in this context that the AU Commission has concluded that the AHRD theme for this year is a reflection of a ray of hope that through empowerment of women in Africa, sustainable peace and development will be ushered in,” she said.
Dlamini-Zuma said despite efforts to promote and protect human and peoples’ rights in Africa, including women’s rights, the continent continued to face enormous challenges.
These include inadequate allocation of resources to human rights institutions, inadequate capacity, insufficient political will, unwillingness by some States to cede part of sovereignty to supranational monitoring bodies. “If not urgently and adequately addressed, the challenges may erase the human rights gains recorded over the preceding decades.” – CAJ News