Pan-African Women’s Organisation Day marked

BY: Augustina Tawiah
Moussa Faki Mahamat — Chairperson, AUC
Moussa Faki Mahamat — Chairperson, AUC

The African Union Commission yesterday[July 31, 2022] observed this year’s Pan-African Women’s Organisation (PAWO) day on the theme : “Towards the African women’s decade: Realising women’s human capital through accelerated social and economic development, addressing the scourge of violence, food insecurity and good nutrition on the African continent”.

Observed on July 31 each year, PAWO is celebrated by the AUC to acknowledge the foremothers of Africa who gallantly fought for the liberation and development of the continent.

This year’s celebration marked the 60th anniversary of the organisation.

Month-long programme

A statement issued by the Chairperson of the AUC, Moussa Faki Mahamat, said as part of this year's celebration, the AUC had collaborated with PAWO to implement a month-long programme of activities throughout the month of July.

Paramount among the activities for this year's celebration, he said, was the launch of the End of Term Review Report of the First African Women’s Decade on Grassroots Approach to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment on July 7, 2022.

The African Union Commission, in collaboration with PAWO and partners, held a high-level event in Windhoek, Namibia, to commemorate PAWO’s 60th anniversary and the activities that were scheduled to take place included an award ceremony in recognition of the achievements of African women over the 60 years; a women's march to bring visibility to the highlighted thematic areas; as well as a tree planting ceremony to signify and contribute to efforts towards food security and good nutrition.

Established in 1962 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, PAWO, which is a specialised agency of the AUC, is Africa’s first collective women’s organisation, which had contributed to the struggle for the continent’s liberation from colonialism, the elimination of apartheid and the eradication of gender inequalities, discrimination and injustices against women.

PAWO’s mission has been to ensure that women’s concerns are integrated in Africa’s liberation agenda and that women participate equally, fully and effectively, in the political, economic, social and cultural life of the continent.