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As the world celebrates International Day of Peace, African Union Chairperson (AUC) Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is calling for the South Africans to rally behind the“silencing of the guns” campaign.

In a statement released by the Union, the chairperson said: “Today, Africa joins the rest of the world in marking the International Day of Peace or – Peace Day. Today, the African Union is engaging its member states, and all its partners at political, institutional, private sector, civil society and community levels, to encourage all citizens to rally to the core of ‘silencing the guns’ campaign in Africa by 2020.”

AUC said their leaders and members are placing focus on the 2063 Agenda of making Africa a blueprint for economic growth and social transformation.

Dlamini-Zuma said that dream may not be achieved if the gunfire continues to disrupt the tranquillity of our blossoming societies and haunt the safety and security of the citizens especially that of women and girls.

It is because of this that the AU declared 2016 the ‘year of human rights, with particular focus on the rights of women’.

“Today, I would like to reiterate the African Union’s zero tolerance of sexual and gender-based violence and exploitation. Sexual and gender-based violence has no place in our world: we must fight them relentlessly.

 

 

Dlamini-Zuma added that this will provide predictable and sustainable funds to drive the goal of silencing the guns by 2020.