ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
Chair of the African Union (AU) Commission on
Wednesday reiterated AU’s zero tolerance of sexual and
In her message on
the International Day of Peace, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma also
called for peace and denounced war-related violence on women and
“It is disheartening
that, in 2016, I continue to receive reports of incidences of
sexual violence meted out against women and girls as a weapon of
war, most recently from South Sudan, Central African Republic,
Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo,” she noted.
gender-based violence has no place in our world: we must fight
them relentlessly,” the chairperson said.
Regarding the theme
of this year’s Peace Day, she stated that many AU member states
and their leaders are increasingly taking ownership of the
sustainable development goals, but more importantly of Agenda
2063: Africa’s blueprint for economic growth and social
“However, let us not
forget that for as long as the gunfire continues to disrupt the
tranquility of our blossoming societies and haunt the safety and
security of our citizens, particularly of our women and girls,
we will not achieve these noble aspirations for our people,”
The pan-African bloc
acknowledges member states’ efforts to minimize violence during
elections and continues to encourage African political leaders
and their supporters to use legal and peaceful means to address
elections-related disputes, she said.
“We will continue to
enhance our initiatives in structural conflict prevention as
well as increasing our post-conflict reconstruction and
development programs in countries such as South Sudan, Central
African Republic and Somalia,” she said.
She said AU commends
the decision by heads of states to establish the Peace Fund, as
well as to support 25 percent of peace operation funding on the
continent, which will provide predictable and sustainable funds
to drive the goal of silencing the guns by 2020.