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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.

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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.