African leaders have celebrated the 26th African Union Summit from 21 to 31 January, in Addis Ababa. This edition of the meeting was particularly focused on gender equality and women’s rights. The Director of Women, Gender and Development of the African Union Commission, Ms. Mahawa Kaba Wheeler, made declarations on the necessity of fighting women’s discrimination: “These include, among others, economic exclusion and financial systems that perpetuate the discrimination of women; limited participation in political and public life; lack of access to education and retention of girls in schools; gender-based violence, harmful cultural practices, and exclusion of women from peace tables either as lead mediators or part of negotiating teams of conflicting parties”. Furthermore, Ms. Wheeler talked about the importance of women’s participation in order to ensure sustainable economic and social growth; in this sense, she said that “women make enormous contributions to economies, whether in business, agriculture, as entrepreneurs or employees, or by doing unpaid work at home. But they also remain disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination and exploitation”. Please follow this and this links to get more information about the 26th AU Summit.