Brenda Kombo


A month ago Solidarity for African Women’s Rights coalition (SOAWR) invited young people to reflect on the contributions women and girls can make to development issues, by writing an essay on the importance of Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa. The four finalists – Nonyelum Umeasiegbu, Laurence Lemogo, Itodo Samuel Anthony and Nelly Nguegan – will attend this month’s AU summit in Malabo on the theme of 'Youth empowerment for sustainable development’. The six best essays are available more

In 70 days time, writes Brenda Kombo, the African Union will launch, in collaboration with the Kenya government and civil society organisations, the AU African Women's Decade 2010-2020. African governments will need to go beyond mere paper endorsements and deliver fully on their commitments to gender equality.