Women, Peace & Security

A message from the AU Special Envoy on Women, Peace & Security

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The Office of the Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Women, Peace and Security released a special statement from Madame Bineta Diop about COVID-19 and its effects on women and girls in Africa.

Madame Diop outlines four areas of concern which include:

  • Increased rates of domestic violence
  • The greater risk posed to women and girls as they make up the majority on the front lines
  • The escalation of violence as seen in the Lake Chad and Sahel regions, and the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which will disproportionately impact women and girls.
  • Any debt relief provided must help lift the disproportionate poverty burden from the shoulders and backs of women.

Please read the full statement here.