South Africa is set to host the 3rd African Union (AU) Men’s Conference on Positive Masculinity this month.
The event will provide an opportunity to consolidate bold continental efforts that Heads of State, government and other sectors have taken towards ending violence against women and girls in Africa, the AU highlighted.
Convened under the theme: Consolidating Commitments Towards the African Union Convention on Ending Violence Against Women and Girls, the conference is scheduled to take place in Johannesburg on 27 and 28 November 2023.
It will offer a platform to assess progress made by male leadership across respective sectors and to articulate specific priorities to decisively end violence against women and girls on the continent. Building onto the critical work undertaken in the previous conferences, the 3rd Men’s Conference seeks to deepen the understanding of structural drivers in order to take firm actions towards addressing them.
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It is envisaged that deepening the interlinkages between violence against women and girls, and the wider development challenges African societies face, drawing on both historic and current factors that shape these expressions, provides a deeper foundation from which Africa itself can craft relevant policy and programming responses.
The African Union High-Level Presidential Response to End Violence Against Women and Girls, was established in 2020 with a view to mobilise political commitment and action at the highest level of the AU leadership and decision-making to prevent and end violence against women and girls in Africa.
The 3rd Men’s Conference is co-hosted by 2023 AU Chairperson, President Azali Assoumani of the Union of Comoros and President Cyril Ramaphosa of the Republic of South Africa.
Ramaphosa was unable to host the first conference during his chairmanship of the AU in 2020, due to COVID-19 pandemic, the AU explained.