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Khanyisile Nkosi

Khanyisile Nkosi

Women from across the continent will converge on the country next week for the second International Women's Conference.

The three-day meeting, which will start on October 22, will draw women from the African governments, parliaments, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) and the Pan-Africa Parliament (Pap), the consultative and advisory body of the African Union.

Under the theme "Women and the quest for human security", delegates will look at the role women play to improve social, political and economic conditions on the continent.

South Africa's deputy president, Baleka Mbete, and Pap president Gertrude Mongella are expected to address the conference.

Other delegates to the conference will include newly appointed speaker of parliament Gwen MahlanguNkabinde, Pap third vice president Elise Loum, ANC national spokesman Jessie Duarte and delegates from the US and Cuba.

The conference will look at the progress made by Nepad and Pap in promoting gender main-streaming and the economic advancement of women in Africa.

Delegates will also review the action plans that were agreed on at the first conference in 2006.

Discussions will also be held on women in conflict areas, women and health and technology and the media.