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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: African Union Member States convened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a ministerial consultation ahead of the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62). The consultation aimed to adopt a Common African Position on CSW62 under the theme “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”.

The consultation was chaired by Malawi, who challenged the meeting noting in advance that "CSW56 on the same theme failed to produce an outcome document, let us agree not to do the same this year".

The Addis Ababa Ministerial consultation greatly influenced the positive outcome of the CSW Session held in New York. UNFPA provided technical support to a number of delegations durring the consultation.