Women to be honored for contributions to Africa's Renaissance

By Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, May 23, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- On the 50th anniversary of Africa's quest for strength in common purpose, African women, who have contributed to the African Renaissance will be honored at a reception on May 24, 2013.

According to Jeanine Cooper, Chairperson of the UN Liaison Team with the African Union in Addis Ababa, African women in government, private corporations, civil society and inter-governmental institutions are the new partnership for action.

“African women are managing solutions to protect their households, their communities, their countries, their regions. African women are focused on safety and security, asset protection, income generation and improving the quality of life,” she said.

The celebration aims to honor and recognize outstanding women leaders who have had an impact in their countries, and communities, and those who continue to be role models to young women aspiring to be leaders.

The event will also feature the screening of 'Women Rising; Political Leadership in Africa by FEMNET and UNDP.

The reception will be held under the patronage of the heads of the ECA, UNDP, UNOAU and OCHA, Addis Ababa, Mr. Carlos Lopes, Mr. Zachary-Muburi-Muita, Mr. Eugene Owusu and Ms. Jeanine Cooper.