Fifteen women who have played a prominent role on the continent were celebrated as Africa’s foremost heroines.
At a gala dinner at the African Union (AU) Summit in Sandton on Friday night, Nelson Mandela’s widow, Graça Machel, and Ghana’s former first lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings, were awarded for their contributions to African society.
Twenty-five years ago, advocates successfully galvanized African leaders behind the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. The treaty was borne out of a need to promote a rights agenda that was relevant to Africa. The Charter revisited most ideals articulated in the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), though went a step further and boldly committed to protecting children from harmful cultural and social practices. Article 21 explicitly refers to protecting Africa's children against child marriages, betrothal and urging countries to push the minimum age of marriage to 18 years.
University students in the audience at a World Economic Forum panel discussion were encouraged Wednesday in Cape Town to vote corrupt leaders out of office and never let them overstay their constitutional terms, IndependentOnline reports.
“If you want to change a system, you need to be bold. You have to have clarity on what you want… and you have to have a constituency,” said panelist Graca Machel, wife of the late President Nelson Mandela.
The Africa Progress Panel report demands that we rethink the relationship between energy, climate and development. Actions taken by African leaders are essential, and so are actions by the world.
Former First Lady of South Africa and Mozambique has added her voice to a growing campaign to block staff in UN peacekeeping missions from hiding behind immunity when accused of crimes and sexual abuse.
Graça Machel has added her voice to a campaign called Code Blue that calls on the UN Secretary General to immediately waver diplomatic immunity for all mission staff when complaints of sexual exploitation arise.