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2004 | African Union Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa

Heads of State and Government of the African Union adopted this declaration on gender equality in the ordinary session of the Assembly in 2004. One of the reasons for the declaration was the concern about the status of women and the negative impact on women of widespread violence against them. They therefore agreed to the following actions: to launch within the next year a campaign for the systematic prohibition of abuse of girl children as wives and sex slaves; to initiate and launch within two years, sustained public campaigns against gender based violence and the trafficking of women and girls; to reinforce legal mechanisms to protect women at the national level and end impunity of crimes committed against women in a manner that will change and positively alter the attitude and behaviour of the African society.