Dakar and Bejing opened up possibilities but the road ahead is long
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa.;
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While the Beijing process of the last five years has helped popularize gender issues, set the climate for change and strengthened the network of women in Africa, the continent still has a long road to travel towards gender equality. This was the common thread that ran through statements delivered by speakers earlier today at the opening of the Sixth African Regional Conference on Women, convened by African countries to review the status of the implementation of the Dakar and Beijing Platforms of Action. More than 1,500 participants drawn from senior levels of governments, civil society, regional institutions, bilateral agencies, agencies of the United Nations, and multilateral partners are gathered here in Addis Ababa for the five-day conference, which aims to formulate and adopt a regional plan of action to accelerate the implementation of these Platforms, and to prepare for Beijing plus five, the Global Review that will take place next June in New York.