United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has confirmed it participation in this year’s African Women Intercultural Dialogue organised by All Africa Media Network to mark the 2017 International Women's Day Celebration in Africa on March 8 at the Accra International Conference Centre.
The International Women's Day Celebration earmarked for 8th of March was inaugurated by the United Nations (UN) as a day to celebrate and create political and social awareness on the struggles and accomplishments of women globally.
The African Women Intercultural Dialogue is an event in which Iconic Africans are drawn from different African society and beyond to explore cultural issues that hinders development of the African woman and the girl-child.
The Intercultural dialogue shall investigate negative cultural practices that condones violence against women and deliberate with leaders of the social institutions be it religious, cultural or social.
However, the expectation is that at the end of the event the organisers will come out with a blueprint that will minimize practices such as child marriages, female genital mutilation, denial of women the right to inheritance and ownership of lands, and also preserve positive cultural norms from the ever evolving cross -cultural clashes between inter-cultures and as well as propagate the relevance of cross cultural intelligence and positive cultural exchange.
The event is also expected to enrich the audience, concerned citizens and leaders of social institutions like labour unions, religious organisations, civic society leaders, heads of market women associations, activists, African first ladies, women in politics and country representatives of international organisations that works in the field of gender, culture and child rights, cultural leaders from different regions in Africa and beyond.
In his official response to the event organisers, Mr. Tirso Dos Santos head of Mission UNESCO Ghana emphasized on the importance of the dialogue stating that "UNESCO considers gender issues an important dimension in its operations and will participate in the dialogue."
The program coordinator of All Africa Media Network Mr. C. Iwuoha also disclosed that they are open for support, sponsorship and collaboration from corporate organisations, civil societies and interested individuals to ensure a successful intercultural dialogue.
Soren Kierkegaard International Academic Society Africa (SKIASA), Leadership Development Foundation for Civic Literacy (LDFCL) and Society for Social Right and Civic Literacy (SOSORCIL) have also declared their intention to participate and unalloyed support to the initiative.
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