African first ladies denounce violence against girls, women

By ZBC Reporter

African first ladies have joined their global counterparts and gender rights institutions to denounce the continued scourge of violence against women and girls.

Ending violence against young girls and women continues to be a top priority for many nations, as governments battle to reign in the vice that has relegated women to inequality and poverty.

On the African continent, first ladies are utilising their position to play a unique role, rallying support for tangible empowerment programmes for girls and women, in order to end the social challenge that threatens the lives of millions of women across the globe.

On the sidelines of a United Nations General Assembly Virtual summit focusing on Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality convened this Thursday, the Organisation of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD ) stated its position to the global community through a presentation made by its Vice President and Zimbabwe’s First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa.

The position by other first ladies from across the globe is that achieving gender parity will entail the effective engagement of men and boys.

Cases of violence against women and girls across the globe remain unsustainably high, more so during the COVID-19 pandemic, hence the need for all stakeholders to up their game to end the vice.

During this virtual summit, OAFLAD through its Vice President provided concrete actions and strategies that nations can take to fight gender-based violence and poverty, and attain targets set under Sustainable Development Goal number 5 on gender equality.