Malawi Pres. Banda heading to Nigeria: To attend Global Power conference

Malawian President Joyce Banda leaves the country on 26th June 2013 for Abuja Nigeria to attend the High Level Global Power Women Network on 27th and 28thJune 2013, State House has announced.

Global Power Network aims to review and identify strategies for accelerating the implementation of the global and regional commitments for women and gender equality and HIV/AIDS in Africa, and adopting the post 2015 priorities.

According to Presidential Press Secretary, Steve Nhlane, the conference will review the continent’s performance in HIV response for women and girls, as well as in women’s health, empowerment and gender equality; it will also review the state of sexual and gender-based violence in Africa, including during the conflict and post-conflict situations and assess the effectiveness of multi-sectoral prevention and management efforts to address them.

Among other things the conference will come up with a set of agreed priorities for women and girls, gender equality and HIV/AIDS, for inclusion in a post-2015 sustainable development framework.

“Other outcomes are that the conference will compile strategies, policies and effective and promising practices for accelerating the implementation of global and regional commitments for women and girls, gender equality and HIV/AIDS in Africa,” Nhlane said in a statement made available to Nyasa Times.

President Banda to attend conference

President Banda to attend conference

He said the conference will also document the state of gender based violence in Africa as well as come up with an up to date performance report on HIV response for women and girls as well as women’s health, empowerment and

As co-chair of the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission: From AIDS to Sustainable Health, the Malawi leader she will is expected to pledge her role to push for the continued prioritization o and women and girls’ rights and health in the HIV response, said Nhlane.

As the current SADC champion for AIDS, Tuberculosis and malaria, the President is also expected to advocate for the cause of women in the region.

The Global Power Women Network Africa is a network of African women who are also elected and appointed representatives that are at decision-making tables.

The conference is jointly funded by UNAIDS, African Union, ECOWAS and the host government.

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