WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT PROGRESS FOR GIRLS AT THE AU SUMMIT
by Ritha Bumwe, Sarah Duhimbaze, Pascaline Niyigena, and Sandra Anitha Mutoni via girleffect.org
More than 50 girls met with leaders at the African Union (AU) Summit last week to talk about the importance of investing in girls to power economic development.
Girl journalists Ritha Bumwe and Sarah Duhimbaze, plus Girl Hub Rwanda Girl Trustees Pascaline Niyigena and Sandra Anitha Mutoni, joined the delegation put together by World YWCA. The girls spent the week gathering information and speaking with African leaders. Here’s what they discovered about the state of play for girls in Africa right now.
AFRICAN LEADERS ARE LISTENING TO GIRLS
On day one of the summit we attended a high-level breakfast with more than 50 heads of African states and heard about their determination to make sure girls’ needs are at the forefront of their plans for the future.
"When we talk about any adverse situations in Africa, women are directly affected," said former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo. "They are affected as Africans and they are affected as women because in almost all our countries there is either cultural, traditional or religious inequality. Collectively we have to remove these layers of oppression. One key element of focus for our foundation is girl child education."
Oda Gasinzigwa, the minister of gender for Rwanda, added: “The country (Rwanda) has taken tremendous pride in delivering a better future for our girls and the younger generation at large. We have noted with keen interest the voices and the different issues raised by our girls on their rights and opportunities.”
Submitted by Girl Hub Rwanda