African First Ladies call for gender equality and women empowerment at UN General Assembly

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African First Ladies on Tuesday called for gender equality and women empowerment, saying that a continent that leaves women behind is bound to fail.

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A cross section of participants at the meeting

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The call by the Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) was made on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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OAFLAD Chairperson, the Firs Lady of Congo Madame Antoinette Sassou N’guesso takes questions from TODAY NEWS AFRICA USA at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Tuesday September 24. Photo: SIMON ATEBA, TODAY NEWS AFRICA

OAFLAD Chairperson, the First Lady of Congo Madame Antoinette Sassou N’guesso and other African First Ladies and their technical teams attended the meeting.

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President of OAFLAD, First Lady of Republic of Congo, Madame Antoinette Sassou N’guesso wit other officials and partners.

The High Level Meeting with theme Renewing Commitment towards Enhancing Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in Africa was also attended by development partners, including UNFPA, UNAIDS and ADB.

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A cross section of participants at the meeting

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The First Ladies signed a Call to Action urging stakeholders to honor their commitments on gender equality and women empowerment and ensure that gender equality in education remains a priority especially for disadvantaged girls.

They also called on leaders to support equal participation for women in leadership and decision making positions as well as commit to eliminating harmful practices.

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Dr, Hajo Sani, with the First Lady of Niger, Madame Aïssata Issoufou Mahamadou 

The First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Mrs. Aisha Buhari was represented by Dr. Hajo Sani, Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria at the head of a delegation of wives of some government officials and technocrats.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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