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Deeply concerned about the status of women and the negative impacts on women
of issues such the high incidence of HIV/AIDS among girls and women, conflict,
poverty, harmful traditional practices, high population of refugee women and
internally displaced women, violence against women, women’s exclusion from
politics and decision-making, and illiteracy, limited access of girls to education;
Aware of the policies and programmes we have put in place to curb the spread of
HIV/AIDS pandemic as well as the current challenges in this campaign;
Concerned that, while women and children bear the brunt of conflicts and internal
displacement, including rapes and killings, they are largely excluded from conflict
prevention, peace-negotiation, and peace-building processes in spite of African
women’s experience in peace-building;
Aware of the fact that low levels of women’s representation in social, economic and
political decision-making structures and feminisation of poverty impact negatively
on women’s ability to derive full benefit from the economies of their countries and
the democratization process;
Aware of the digital divide between the North and the South, men and women and
the role of information telecommunication technologies (ICTS) in the advancement
of the gender issue as stated in the e-gender Forum Declaration of Tunis, May 2004
in preparation for the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) 2005;
HEREBY AGREE TO:
1.

Accelerate the implementation of gender specific economic, social,
and legal measures aimed at combating the HIV/AIDS pandemic and
effectively implement both Abuja and Maputo Declarations on
Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Related Infectious
Disease. More specifically we will ensure that treatment and social
services are available to women at the local level making it more
responsive to the needs of families that are providing care; enact
legislation to end discrimination against women living with HIV/AIDS
and for the protection and care for people living with HIV/AIDS,
particularly women; increase budgetary allocations in these sectors so
as to alleviate women’s burden of care;

2.

Ensure the full and effective participation and representation of
women in peace process including the prevention, resolution,
management of conflicts and post-conflict reconstruction in Africa as
stipulated in UN Resolution 1325 (2000) and to also appoint women
as Special Envoys and Special Representatives of the African Union;

3.

Launch, within the next one year, a campaign for systematic
prohibition of the recruitment of child soldiers and abuse of girl
children as wives and sex slaves in violation of their Rights as
enshrined in the African Charter on Rights of the Child;

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