The Minister of Solidarity, Social Development, Equality and the Family, Jamila Moussali, represented King Mohammed VI at the 2019 World Summit on Gender, “Global Gender Summit”, which included The dispatch was given on Monday in the Rwandan capital.
Moussali leads a delegation composed of the Director of Multilateral Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Residing Abroad, Abdallah Ben Mellouk, the Director of Women at the Ministry of Solidarity, Social Development, of Equality and Family, Fatima Barkan and the adviser to the Ministry of Solidarity, Aziza El Kandoussi.
The summit, which is attended by heads of state, ministers, experts and economic actors, investors and representatives of civil society from Africa and elsewhere, examines ways to boost innovation in equality gender equality and promote women’s empowerment.
The opening session of this conclave, co-organized by the Rwandan government and the African Development Bank (AfDB), was enhanced by the participation of Rwandan President Paul Kagame, President of Ethiopia, Sahle-Work Zewd , AfDB President Akinwumi Adesina and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AU), Moussa Faki Mahamat.
Speaking at the opening of the summit, President Kagame stressed that the issue of gender equality should be the permanent assumption of the objectives of any initiative, stressing the importance of multiplying actions aimed at empowering women. .
“Women are our mothers, our sisters, our wives and our daughters … Whenever women are involved in the decision-making process, society earns more,” he said.
For its part, Adesina said the AfDB has taken the lead, for several years, to promote gender equality, adding that the institution has launched or supported many initiatives to address the funding gap that is affecting women in Africa, as is the case of the pan-Africa wide-ranging Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) initiative.
He added that this summit is an opportunity to share best practices for stimulating innovation to accelerate progress on gender equality.
Several key themes should dominate the debates at the Kigali Summit, including “the rise of innovative financing”, “the mechanisms for the advancement of women in society” or “the constraints that affect gender equality”.
Among the constraints identified by the participants during the first day include impunity, insufficient institutional support for the establishment of national programs for the promotion of gender equality and especially ignorance of the problems. marginalized women, including sexual violence.
According to the organizers, the launch of an innovative risk-sharing mechanism under the AFAWA initiative will be one of the highlights of this three-day meeting.
AFAWA received $ 251 million in support from G7 Heads of State and $ 61.8 million from several AfDB global partners as part of the G7 initiative of financing for women entrepreneurs.