Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Message from Madam Hon Aicha Bah Diallo Chairperson, African Women Educationalists on the Occasion of the Celebration of International Women's Day 2014

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Message from Madam Hon Aicha Bah Diallo Chairperson, African Women Educationalists on the Occasion of the Celebration of International Women's Day 2014

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The following is a message from Madam Hon Aicha Bah Diallo, chairperson of Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) on the occasion of the celebration of International Women's Day 2014. The Forum for African Women Educationalists (www.fawe.org) is a pan-African non-governmental organization working in 33 African countries (regional secretariat: Nairobi, Kenya) to empower girls and women through gender-responsive education that believe that: through education of women and girls, livelihoods are improved for entire communities and civic education and liberties are enhanced, and that educated girls become educated women who have the knowledge, skills and opportunity to play a role in governance and democratic processes and to influence the direction of their societies.

FAWE has played an extremely important role in the field of education. Today when we say FAWE, we immediately see the commitment of girl's educators, teachers training sensitive on young issues, research to identify causes that prevent girls from going to school, the prohibition of violence and sexual harassment in schools, the return of young mothers in school. We must therefore say that we have done a good job and FAWE is recognized nationally and internationally.

But since there is still much to do, so we cannot sit and rest on our laurels, we must continue the work. To increase gender equity and more specifically in the field of education, FAWE must continue to work with ministries, government, we want governments to not only focus on education, but make sure that the youth are a priority, and have access to education. It is important to know that government alone cannot achieve "education for all" but is a collective responsibility. FAWE has always sought partnership with boys and men in her quest for gender equality and will continue to do. Once people appreciate, they too can join us for the promotion of education for all, especially the girls.

Given the slow and uneven progress that has been made, efforts continue to be made for the achievement of the Education for All (EFA) and Millennium Development Goals by 2015. …

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