Good News for All Women of Africa: There Will Be 50% Women and 50% Men in the AU Commission. Historic, Reports Tom Mbakwe. (African Union)

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Good News for All Women of Africa: There Will Be 50% Women and 50% Men in the AU Commission. Historic, Reports Tom Mbakwe. (African Union)


Mbakwe, Tom, New African


Things are really happening in Africa! Days after launching the African Union (AU) in Durban, it was announced that the new AU was to meet "in six months time" (in December) to begin the delicate negotiations for the establishment of a Single African State.

As if that was not enough, the African leaders, determined to put their critics to shame, have also scored a world-first regarding gender representation in the AU. For, nowhere else in the world - whether or national, continental, or even global level - has such a decision been taken, that the top echelons of an inter-governmental organisation shall have a 50% representation of women and men. But this is what the AU Commission is going to get - 50% women, 50% men. The groundbreaking decision was taken in Durban.

It involves primarily the AU secretariat, or Commission, which will drive the Union's agenda. It will have 10 commissioners. Article 6 of the Statutes of the Commission stipulates that "at least one commissioner from each region shall be a woman". …

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