First Forum of Local Elected Women of Africa
The first Forum of Local Elected Women of Africa took place in the city of Tangier, Kingdom of Morocco, from 8 to 11 March 2011.
The Forum was attended by more than 763 delegates, out of which 738 delegates from African countries and 25 delegates from other regions of the world.
African countries were represented included: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
At the opening ceremony on Tuesday 8 March 2011 at 10:00, delegates were first shown two short films, one on the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), highlighting the importance of tackling Global issues starting from the Local level in order to have any chance to address them successfully; and a second one on the critical role that Moroccan Women have played and is playing in the history of the Kingdom of Morocco. Delegates then received important messages from the Minister of Social Development, Family and Solidarity, Mrs. Nouzha SKALLI, speaking on behalf of the Kingdom of Morocco; from Mrs. Michelle BACHELET, Deputy Secretary General of UN-Women; from Cllr. Tarayia Ole KORES, President of the UCLGA; and a video message from Ambassador-at-Large on Global Woman Issues at the States Department of the United States of America, Mrs. Melanne VERVEER.
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