Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in Africa

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Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment in Africa

28 June 2013

On 27 July, under the leadership of the Nigerian president Jonathan Goodluck, several head of states and experts advocated in Abuja, Nigeria, to end gender based violence and inequality during the 2nd high level meeting of the Global Power Women Network Africa.

UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé joined the high-level delegation along with the Malawi President, Joyce Banda, the Liberian head of state Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Chair of the African Union Commission, H.E. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, and H.E. Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan

Participants shared strategies, policies and effective practices for accelerating the implementation of global and regional commitments for women and girls, gender equality and HIV in Africa. They also discussed priorities for inclusion in the post-2015 sustainable development framework.

The GlobalPower Africa is a network of African women seeking to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment focusing on the vulnerability of girls and young women. The GlobalPOWER Africa promotes discussion for accelerated action towards the empowerment of women and gender equality in the area of HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Africa.


We need to use the GPWNA as a platform not only for exchange but as a platform for social transformation.

UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé

In my role as co-Chair of the Commission, I commit to ensure that the needs of women and girls are highlighted in the recommendations of the UNAIDS/Lancet Commission: From AIDS to sustainable health.

Malawi President, Joyce Banda

For us in Africa, to fight AIDS, we must also fight poverty, African leaders must ensure that we create wealth for the citizens

Nigeria President, Goodluck Jonathan