Fatimetou Zahra Cheikh Abdallahi

The Mauritanian section is represented by Fatimetou Zahra Cheikh Abdallahi who is the  RFLM Mauritania Vice-President.

Our commitment in accordance with the Déclaration du Millénaire is to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women as an effective means to combat poverty, hunger and disease, and to promote development that is truly sustainable.

Today, women are proposing a new vision based on the realities they live, based on respect for their rights, out of necessity, out of activist conviction. They are eager to promote a stable life and healthy and equitable communities. To achieve their goals, they are ready to engage in all forms of resistance.

It is in this context that our “Network of North African Female Leaders (RFLM) is committed to transversally integrate the “gender” dimension in all their development interventions and to implement specific policies and programmes for the reduction of inequalities. This involves actions to ensure women’s economic efficiency and to improve their legal and social status.

Our Network sees the empowerment of women and girls as a multidimensional process based on equal access and participation of women and men in all areas of civil, political, economic and social life and in the full exercise of the corresponding rights; and that the economic empowerment of women and girls can only be achieved through the promotion, protection and respect for their human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the right to development, which are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated, and the integration of these rights into all programmes and policies that fight poverty and promote the economic advancement of women.

I am convinced that the future of the Maghreb economic space cannot be envisioned without the full and effective participation of women, who are essential tools and links for growth and development; and that investment in the economic empowerment of women is an effective means of achieving gender equality, eradicating poverty and achieving inclusive and shared economic growth.

Our wish is that the Action Plan of our Network be unanimously adopted, in order to give a strong signal to the Maghreb, African and international community, to address more effectively gender equality, the promotion of women and their economic empowerment.