International Women's Day (IWD) which is annually commemorated on the 8th of March creates an avenue to celebrate the incredible work that women are doing in their various capacities. This year’s International Women’s Day theme celebrated the tremendous efforts of women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As a collaborative effort between the Youth Division within the Women, Gender and Youth Directorate (WGYD) of the AUC, and UNICEF, the Inter-Generational Virtual Couch Talk held an intergenerational dialogue between high-level women in leadership, and young African women, through a  Virtual Couch Talk (VCT). The dialogue covered a range of issues affecting the girl child and women on the continent and highlighted the need to advance transformative strategies and perspectives in ending Early Child Marriage (ECM) while lobbying for more women to be represented in decision-making processes. 

The event was complemented by a youth advocacy campaign titled “Reimagining an Africa without Child Marriage”, where 400 young Africans led social media activities to sensitize all stakeholders on the horrors and implications of child marriage, and the potential exponential gains for children and societies at large, allowing children their rights and freedom to grow up to be valuable members of society.

Watch the full engagement here:


UNICEF Women Empowerment IWD2021 Virtual Couch Talk AUC

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