Rabat – The Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Women, Peace, and Security, Ms. BinetaDiop, hailed the High Vision of HM King Mohammed VI for the promotion on an African scale of gender equality and women’s rights, on the occasion of the ceremony of the official launch of Morocco’s first National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, chaired by videoconference by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Foreigners, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates.
The eminent representative of the African Union thus praised “the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI and His Vision to improve the condition of women, not only in Morocco, but also on the whole Continent”, welcoming the reforms undertaken under the High Royal Vision to combat discrimination and violence against women.
Welcoming the adoption and official launch of this National Action Plan, as part of the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, Ms. Diop stressed that this initiative constitutes a “ milestone” in the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Africa.
In this regard, she commended the Kingdom for the inclusive approach which led to the development of the National Action Plan, emphasizing the participation of all stakeholders, including civil society organizations, in this process.
Ms. Diop also praised the “innovative gender-responsive solutions” adopted by the Kingdom to achieve gender equality, citing in this regard Morocco’s commitments to gender-responsive budgeting in its National Action Plan. According to the head of the pan-African organization, the Moroccan Plan is distinguished by the inclusion of this dimension.
Thus, the implementation of this Action Plan will contribute to the achievement of Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Based on the Kingdom’s active role in promoting the Women, Peace and Security agenda, the Special Envoy called for the Kingdom to take part in the monitoring and evaluation process of the African Union Continental Framework. for the implementation of this Agenda in Africa.
Ms. Diop also congratulated the Kingdom for the launch of the Morocco Chapter of the African Network of Women Leaders, stressing that this is a pledge of its commitment to the economic empowerment and participation of women.
The Special Envoy spoke within the framework of the meeting to launch Morocco’s first National Action Plan for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325, which was also attended by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Gabon, Ghana, and Norway, non-permanent members of the Security Council, Colombia, as well as the Executive Director of UN Women.