MIDRAND – Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), has called for the Pan African Parliament (PAP) to be given full legislative powers to help address the problems facing the continent.
In his address he vowed to fight sexual discrimination against women.
Mahamat speaking at a press conference, was a PAP’s guest of honour, following the opening ceremony of the Sixth Ordinary Session of PAP’s Fourth Parliament in Midrand, Gauteng on Monday.
The AU is facing many issues and one of them is that member states have failed to implement many of the instruments adopted by the continental organisation, according to the chairperson he said, “Words have to be turned into actions.”
The AU chairperson said the issue of peace and security have to be addressed even with improvement in the security situation in some parts of the continent.
Mahamat said, “In some parts of Africa, there remain challenges in regard to terrorism and human trafficking. Stability through good governance and human rights are linked to these issues which in turn are contingent on empowering women, youth and civil society because these unresolved issues are the root causes of the problems facing Africa.”
Mahamat then went on to challenge media reports that the AU was some kind of “apartheid” against women on the continent.
He affirmed, “The AU has been built on gender equality and during my appointment, I’ve appointed more women than men into important positions and this was not because I was doing women a favour but because of their natural abilities and the important roles they perform in society it was natural to appoint them.
“I’m committed to getting rid of gender discrimination and sanctions will be imposed on anybody or person we find discriminating against women.”
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