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Commitment of the Council of Traditional Leaders of Africa (COTLA) towards the elimination of violence against women and girls.
It is a reality that our region carries the highest prevalence of child marriage and female genital mutilation in the world, impacting millions of our girls. These harmful traditional practices have devastating impact including loss of life, risk of disease such as fistula, loss of education and life opportunities, trauma and other psycho-social impacts resulting in deepening poverty and perpetuating a cycle of abuse. This calls on us as traditional and religious leaders to urgently assume our role as protectors of our children. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated the prevalence of genderbased violence in our countries and communities.
The highlights of this issue : - UN Women Regional Director for West and Central Africa ends high level visit to Cameroon - CAFE GENRE : Contribution des hommes et des garçons à la promotion de l’égalité de genre et l’autonomisation des femmes - Gender sensitive budgeting: cameroonian women leaders poised to re-dynamize monitoring, advocacy actions ...
The highlights of this month : UN Women Malawi launches HeForShe campaign and UNiTE Creative Artist Advisory Group -- At African Union Summit, UN Women Executive Director calls for women’s full participation to accelerate peace and sustainable development -- Voices from Addis at the 24th AU Summit -- UN Women Burundi and the Independent National Electoral Commission: Mainstreaming gender throughout the electoral process ...