- In October 2010, the AU launched the African Women's Decade (AWD) 2010-2020, what are your thoughts about this landmark event?
- What needs to be done and how women around the continent are to be aware of their rights and the fact that these rights are violated in so many aspects.
- Why are African governments not held accountable for their failure to protect and meet their obligation to their own citizens irrespective of gender? These are all very vital and important aspects, and they are important to question. What do you think about this?
- What are your thoughts on the actors involved in the work with AWD, more specifically what roles the different actors should take? What role foreign and international NGOs and civil society organisaitons shoulb be given
- What are your thoughts on what needs to be changed, and how...as well as how far your organization has succeeded in that regard
- How can African women make best use of the African women's decade? (in light of your opinion that the AWD is nothing more than a symbolic gesture).
I can tell you that UN Conventions for the elimination of violence against African women including the AU African Women Decade are not geared to reform Africa for real. Instead, these are window dressing initiatives aimed at doing nothing to stop the continuing rape of Africa and abuse of rights with impunity.
Africa needs to be allowed to recover from the over 500 years of enslavement by external forces who wickedly interrupted Africa's development.
Why are African women and their children being subjected to so much abuse and impoverishment by their own governments working through external remote influence. Only to create Conventions; designate Decades to avoid doing the right and proper thing?
Are African governments not members of the international community and therefore signatory to these instruments?
Why are African governments not held accountable for their failure to protect and meet their obligation to their own citizens irrespective of gender?
On whether there is a role for international NGOs in Africa, I will say Yes but, it must be to inform themselves as to issues I raise above and to persuade their own government to give African Women space to engage in their own Rights in the recovery of their Continent.
Africa will never recover if the world around us is bombarding us with what they think is good for us when in fact they have no idea who we are not to talk of what is good for us.
African women need to wake up to the reality of challenge because it is only then would we redeem ourselves from the shackles of enslavement and impoverishment.
Africa is our Continent held down by external influence for external benefit. Who is benefiting from these external interruption into Africa's recovery and subsequent development?
Why should African women take comfort in instruments such as you already know about while our entire Humanity is being taking away?
Why should Africans continue to escape to the West in search of crumbs that fall from the masters' tables when we should be addressing our minds and efforts to our own recovery and development; addressing our minds to the restoration of our dignity as human beings and as blessed peoples of the most endowed Continent of the world?
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