ECOSOCC’s Pan-African Women’s Day,virtual arts and cultural exhibition

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According to the media advisory that was made available to the Guardian Pan-African Women’s Day will be held today by the African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC)’s Women and Gender; and Peace and Security Clusters.

Guest stars and presentations include: Ø  Artists including comedians, musicians, actors and poets from AU Member States namely; Hope Azeda-Rwanda; Badria Houssein-Djibouti ; Maurice Otieno Ombok- Kenya; Louisette Grace AMOUSSOUVI-Benin; SESSI Sefiamenou YAO, SLAMEUR Conteur- Togo; Nana Asaase- Ghana;

Chistopher Ray Ngari – Gabon; Alias Kartsym- Tchad; Seraphin Bagwala- DRCongo; ZAKARY CHAIBI- Tunisia; SAMIRA ZEROUALE- Morocco; FARESIDIR –  Algeria; Qabanison Malewesi – Malawi; Nyarai Chaendera and ChenaiChaendera- Zimbabwe; ASSOCIATION DE MUSICO DE MAPUTO-Mozambique; Ø  Music, poems, comedy and artists’ messages related to African Women’sDay and Peace, in English, French, Arabic and Portuguese. The Arts and Cultural Exhibition is being held within the framework of theimplementation of the aspirations of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and itsinitiatives, the ‘’Agenda for Peace’’ and ‘’Silencing the Guns’’ in line with the AU’sTheme of the Year:  'Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa weWant.’

The exhibition acknowledges the fact that the African Union has not only includedculture in all major continental development blue prints, such as Agenda 2063; butalso that the AU has adopted various instruments pertaining to the arts, culture andheritage sector including the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance (2006), theRevised African Union Plan of Action on Cultural and Creative Industries (2008); theStatute of the African Audio-Visual and Cinema Commission (2019), and the AUModel Law on the Protection of Cultural Property and Heritage (2018).

The exhibition further underlines ECOSOCC’s commitment to work closely with CivilSociety Organisations in the implementation of the AU Theme of the Year anddisseminate scheduled national activities and programmes  to ensure widerparticipation by AU Member States, Pan-African Cultural Institutions and partnersand advocate for the implementation of the AU Summit decision which calls onMember States to allocate at least 1% of their national budgets to the arts, cultureand heritage sector by 2030.Objectives

Ø  Forge strong partnership between artists and ECOSOCC on issues relatedto Women Peace and Security;Ø  Raise awareness on the role of artists in the promotion of the Women,Peace and Security Agenda;Ø  Use arts and culture as a foundation to fight against womendiscrimination and Gender Based Violence;Ø  Educate a generation of young women through arts and culture asagents of peace, stability and development;Ø  Promote the culture of peace and intercultural dialogue;Ø  Benefit from the power of creativity and cultural heritage (in its manyfacets) to build lasting peace on the African Continent;Ø  Create a climate conducive to the participation of artists to peaceprocess in Africa.

About ECOSOCCThe Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) was established in July2004 as an Advisory Organ composed of different social and professional groups ofAU Member States. The mandate of ECOSOCC is to contribute, through advice, tothe effective translation of the objectives, principles and policies of the Union intoconcrete programs, as well as the evaluation of these programs.




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