The African Union (AU) Summit is held each year where Heads of State meet and engage in key decisions. This year’s theme ran under the flagship, “Winning the fight against corruption”. The Pre- Summit, “Gender Is My Agenda Campaign” was the key theme echoing the voice of young women and girls across Africa not forgetting the daughters in the diaspora. Youth participation was encouraged and those who attended the summit identified the key issues and tied into the overall summit theme – the impacts of corruption on early child marriage, education, empowerment and SRHR.
SAT supported its staff members to attend the proceedings, a major highlight of attendees during the Gender Is My Agenda Campaign was the relation of a story of a young girl from Rozaria Memorial Trust- Girls Club from Murewa, Zimbabwe. She was offered a scholarship to study in the United States of America by Justina Mutale an African based in the diaspora after she had boldly narrated her story of re-entering back into school as a young mother due to early child marriage.
For more and other details to the African Union, side events and final outcome documents visit https://au.int/genderismyagenda.com
By: Ruvarashe W. Miti