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Women, Gender & Development

Women, Gender & Development
Women, Gender & Development

The African Union is committed to Strengthening a people centered Union through active communication of the programmes of the African Union, the branding of the Union and participation of Member States and other stakeholders in defining and implementing the African agenda.

  • July 27, 2016

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 25 July 2016: The Office of the First Lady of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE), Forum of African First Ladies Against Breast and Cervical Cancer in collaboration with the Princess Nikky Breast Cancer Foundation convened the 10th Stop Cervical, Breast &

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  • Celebration of the International Women’s Day at the African Union Headquarters
    March 08, 2016

    AUC Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma emphasises the importance to celebrate the determination of women around the world for equal rights and have their voices heard

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  • January 31, 2016

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 31 January 2016: The Director of the African Union Women Gender and Development (AUWGDD), Mrs.

  • January 19, 2016

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 19 January 2016: The Official opening ceremony of the 8th Gender Pre-Summit today, Tuesday 19 January 2016, brought together over four hundred delegates from across the continent and abroad in the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  • January 17, 2016 to January 18, 2016

    MEDIA ADVISORY / 26th AU Summit

    27th Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the African Union

    INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA

    When: 17 –18 January 2016

  • January 17, 2016

    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 17 January 2016: The 27th session of the Gender is my Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) Pre-Summit Consultative meeting commenced on 17th January 2016 at the Conference Center of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under the theme “Looki

  • January 17, 2016 to January 20, 2016

    MEDIA ADVISORY / 26th AU Summit

    8th AFRICAN UNION GENDER PRE-SUMMIT ON 2016 AFRICAN YEAR OF HUMAN RIGHTS, WITH PARTICULAR FOCUS ON WOMEN RIGHTS

    INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA

    When: 17 –21 January 2016

  • November 26, 2015

    Khartoum, Sudan, 25th November, 2015: Experts from AU Ministries of Gender and Women’s Affairs convened for the First Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Gender and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE), which kicked off, today 25th November 2015, in Khartoum, Sudan.

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  • AUC to Celebrate the International Women’s Day
    March 05, 2015

    INVITATION TO THE JOURNALISTS

    AUC TO CELEBRATE THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
    Addis Ababa, 5 March 2015 - The African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the Africa Ambassadors Spouses Group (AASG) and UNWOMEN will on 7 March 2015 organise commemorative activities to mark the International Women’s Day celebrated on 8th March every year.
    The event at the AU headquarters will fall in line with the Year’s Theme: “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development”.
    Holding at the Multipurpose Hall of the African Union New Conference Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, activities will feature the following:

    - Slide show of pictures of AASG’s Activities
    - Welcome Remarks by the Chairperson of the AASG
    - Statement by the Representative of Chairperson of the AUC
    - Presentation on Best practices on women’s economic empowerment
    - Donation to Fistula Hospital and Ebola Cases
    - Signing of the Heforshe Campaign by UN Women

    Attached is the draft program of the event.

    Media representatives are invited to cover the Event at 12:00 on 07 March 2015.

    For any inquiry, please contact:
    Mrs. Esther Azaa Tankou, Directorate of Information and Communication, African Union Commission; Tel: +251911361185; e-mail: yamboue@africa-union.org
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  • Celebration of the International Women's Day
    March 07, 2014

    AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

    Addis Ababa, 7 March 2014- The African Union Commission on Friday 07 March 2014 commemorated international women’s day at the AU head quarters in Addis Ababa under the theme “Stand-Alone Goal on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Post 2015 Agenda”. The International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrated on 8th March around the world is a celebration dedicated to salute all women for their achievements.

    The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma recalled that women have been fighting for equality for over a century. African women, she observed have been an integral part of this global movement since the days of anti slavery, anti colonialism and liberation movements, until today’s struggle for Africa’s development, peace, integration and prosperity.

    In the statement delivered the Director for Women, Gender and Development Mrs Litha Musyimi Ogana, Dr Dlamini Zuma urged transformation of the continent in order to meet its development objectives.
    “As we celebrate the 103rd International Women’s Day this year, the world and Africa are moving towards finalising the post-2015 development agenda. That is why we have made transformation as the foundation of the Common African Position on the post-2015 development agenda. Part of this transformation agenda is the mainstreaming of gender and women’s empowerment throughout all pillars and goals of the development agenda, with specific goals on gender equality and women’s empowerment”, the Chairperson noted.

    The president of the AU Staff Association Mr Salla Sidig Hammad also addressed the ceremony. He said the association “joins African women in calling on our member states to expedite the ratification and implementation of the Protocol to the Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, which guarantees comprehensive rights to women including the right to take part in the political process, to social and political equality with men, to control of their reproductive health, an end to female genital mutilation and meaningful participation in peace and security matters”. Mr Sallah also applauded the fact that Africa as a continent has 3 head of states and that the Chairperson of the African Union Commission is a woman, “something we haven’t seen in the other parts of the world and this is a lesson to be learnt from Africa”, he added.

    The celebrations were also addressed by the Head of the UN Women in Ethiopia, Mrs. Lettie Chiwara.

    The objective of the celebration of International Women’s Day is to review past progress of women’s development and more importantly, to look ahead at the opportunities of women in Africa and also to acknowledge the steps taken by the AU to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment .
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  • First AU High Level Panel on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and MDG’s Post 2015, Abidjan, Cote D’ivoire
    October 02, 2013 to October 04, 2013

    Abidjan to host First High Level Panel on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and MDG’s Post 2015

    Addis Ababa, 30 September 2013 – In order to critically assess the current MDGs, specifically MDGs 3, 5 and 6, and identify impediments to progress made in the implementation of gender related goals as well as strengthen the African women’s input to the African Common Position on Post 2015 Agenda, African women from all walks of like will be meeting on 2nd to 4 October 2013 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, within the framework of the First African Union High Level Panel on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment under the theme: The Post 2015 Agenda for Women within the Context of Economic Empowerment ".

    Organised by the Women, Gender and Development Directorate and the Department of Economic Affairs of the African Union Commission(AUC), jointly with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the Ministry of the Solidarity, of Family, of the Woman and the Child of Cote d’Ivoire, the high level panel will be an opportunity to exchange views on an African common position on Post 2015 Agenda to engage the global community on the critical needs of African women in the coming twenty years, and mobilize continental support for existing initiatives on gender transformation.

    Worth recalling that, the African Common Position was discussed during the May, 2013 Summit and it was decided to establish a High Level Committee of Heads of State and Government to crystalize and synthesize, as well as further consult as deemed necessary, so as to finalize the African Common Position and ensure that the priorities identified in the said African Common Position are integrated on the New Global Agenda.

    Journalists are invited to cover the First High Level on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and MDG’s Pos 2015.

    Interview requests should be addressed to Mrs. Esther Azaa Tankou, Directorate of Information and Communication, African Union Commission; E-mail: yamboue@africa-union.org / esthertankou@yahoo.com

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  • AUC holds workshop to assess implementation of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA), by Member States
    September 24, 2013

    AUC holds workshop to assess implementation of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA), by Member States

    24th September 2013 Abuja, Nigeria: A three (3) day Capacity Building workshop of AU Member States that have not reported on the implementation of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA) kicked off on 23 September 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria.

    Organized by African Union Commission, Women, Gender and Development Directorate (AUC-WGDD), and hosted by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development of the Republic of Nigeria, the workshop is aimed at mapping out strategies for the reporting on the implementation of the SDGEA for the countries that have not reported so far, while identifying the constraints and difficulties faced by those countries.
    In her Opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary in Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development of Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Habiba M. Lawalon behalf of Honourable Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Hajiya Zainab Maina acknowledged the advances made by the African Union on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment. She noted that the SDGEA was an important document as it affirmed the commitment of AU Member States to the task of mainstreaming gender into the AU’s approach to health, human rights, education, economic development, governance, peace and security.
    In her statement, Ms. Litha Musyimi-Ogana, Director of Women, Gender and Development Directorate in AUC, stated that the AU is committed to gender equality and women’s empowerment and AU has clearly demonstrated this commitment by providing for gender equality and added that the AU Assembly had adopted important decisions which formed the basis of the AU Gender architecture. These were: Constitutive Act, AU Protocol on Women’s Rights, Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa, Africa Women’s Decade, and the Fund for African Women.

    It will be recalled that during the July 2004 Third Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia the Heads of State adopted the SDGEA. The SDGEAis an important African instrument for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, as it strengthens the ownership of the gender equality agenda and keeps the issues alive at the highest political level in Africa. It therefore serves as a reporting framework for Member States on gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE).

    Although the agreement was that all Member States would submit their baseline report for the consideration of the January 2007 Summit, to date 41 Members States have submitted their reports on the SDGEA.
    The SDGEA is divided into six (6) thematic areas of action, namely: Health, Peace and Security, Governance, Human Rights, Education and Women’s Empowerment.
    Operative Paragraph 12 is a commitment by Heads of State and Government themselves to report annually on their progress in gender mainstreaming. It is envisaged that this reporting will assist Member States to share good practices and identify areas in need of improvement, in other to enhance the status of women. The reporting also serves as a form of peer review and peer learning.
    The participants to the workshop are experts from Gender Machineries of AU Member States that are yet to report on the implementation of SDGEA.
    For more information please contact:

    Mrs. YetundeTeriba
    Head of Gender Coordination and Outreach
    Women, Gender and Development Directorate
    African Union
    C/O Top Rank Hotel
    Area II
    Abuja, Nigeria

    Ms. Jeanne Flora Kayitesi
    Programme Officer-Women’s Rights
    Women, Gender and Development Directorate
    African Union Commission
    C/O Top Rank Hotel
    Area II
    Abuja, Nigeria

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Gender Policy and Development
Gender Policy and Development
Gender Coordination and Outreach
Gender Coordination and Outreach
African Union Women’s Committee (AUWC)
African Union Women’s Committee (AUWC)
Directorate of Women, Gender and Development
The Directorate promotes gender equality in Africa and within the AU. It designs programmes and projects based on policies adopted by AU Member States. It also oversees the development and harmonisation of gender-related policies; initiates gender-mainstreaming strategies within the Commission and for AU organs and Member States; and supports capacity building by providing training on gender policies and instruments. The Directorate has two divisions: Gender Policy and Development Division (GPDD) and Gender Coordination and Outreach. It also acts as the Secretariat for the African Union Women’s Committee (AUWC), which is detailed in the Other Commission Bodies section at the end of this chapter.
2015 - Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa's Agenda 2063
The African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government, during the 23rd Ordinary Session, held from 26 to 27 June 2014 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, declared 2015 as the Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063 marking.
Fund for African Women (FAW)
The AU created the Fund for African Women (FAW) in 2010, with the intention of directly supporting and enhancing women’s participation in the economic process as well as increasing African women’s participation in economic decision making.
The African Women’s Decade (2010-2020)
Adoption of the African Women’s Decade (2010-2020) - the African Women Decade (AWD) was adopted in 2009 with the overall theme: Grassroots Approach to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE).
AU Gender Policy
• 2009 - the AU Gender Policy adopted .
Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA)
2004 - Adoption of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA) by AU Heads of State in 2004 is the landmark commitment by Africa’s leaders to report on progress made in gender mainstreaming.
The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa
2003 - the adoption of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.