The African Union and United States of America forge closer collaboration on women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship

The African Union and United States of America forge closer collaboration on women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship

Amb. Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), received Ms. Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President of the United States of America (USA) and USAID Administrator Mark Green, at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to deepen the Strategic Dialogue between the African Union Commission and the United States.

Both sides expressed a commitment to strengthen the collaboration between the AUC and the U.S. within the existing Cooperation Framework as outlined in the 2018 High-Level Dialogue held in Addis Ababa, on 29th November 2018.

The two high officials specifically reaffirmed the United States’ and the African Union’s unwavering commitment to advance women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship across the continent by promoting opportunities for women’s participation in the workforce, increasing women’s access to finance, trade, employment, education, and skills development. The two also pledged to combat scourges including child and forced marriage, human trafficking, and sexual exploitation and abuse. Both sides further reaffirmed their commitment to shared values such as equality of opportunity, respect and promotion of women’s rights as well as ending all forms of gender-based violence and abuse in all spheres of life.

Recognizing the shared commitment to Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, the two high officials reaffirmed their willingness to promote effective laws, policies, and institutions, working closely together towards achieving those objectives.

Conscious of the quality of their collaboration, the AUC and the US agreed to work closely together to enhance their strategic partnership to advance gender equality, women’s rights, women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship continent-wide.

Original source: AU
Published on 15 April 2019