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SANKOFA #25

Abstract(English): In celebration of the 2020 International Women’s Day and the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing +25), SANKOFA presents the African Union (AU) Gender Agenda through the lens of the Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD). This edition is timely as 2020 is an “unofficial” year of women as the global community celebrates a number of key milestones in the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. In addition to Beijing +25 which is the principal global policy on gender equality, this year also marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, which places women at the center of all the mechanisms for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts, as well as in peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction. In Africa, 2020 also marks the end of the first African Women’s Decade 2010-2020 on “Grassroots Approaches to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment” and the beginning of the new African Women’s Decade 2020-2030 on “Financial and Economic Inclusion of African Women”. Agenda 2063’s First Ten Year Implementation Plan and Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development are also marking five (5) years of existence. The two documents provide a framework for attainment of irreversible and impactful action to promote women’s fundamental human rights and advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment, without leaving anyone behind. This is therefore a year to celebrate achievements made in advancing the AU Gender Agenda and it is a time for reflection on how these efforts can be sustained and accelerated to change the lives of women in Africa. This edition also comes at the time when Africa and the entire globe is dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic, which has the potential to reverse the gains that have been made in advancing gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights in Africa. As in all pandemics, women are disproportionally affected and it is important to consider how the differential effects COVID-19 will have on women and girls, particularly the vulnerable and those living in crises and conflict affected countries. A gendered perspective in the analysis and responses to the pandemic will improve the outcomes for people affected by the virus and contribute in saving lives in Africa. We therefore stand in solidarity with all the African women who are not only at a higher risk of contracting the virus, but who remain in the frontline of fighting the pandemic.
Abstract(French): In celebration of the 2020 International Women’s Day and the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing +25), SANKOFA presents the African Union (AU) Gender Agenda through the lens of the Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD). This edition is timely as 2020 is an “unofficial” year of women as the global community celebrates a number of key milestones in the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. In addition to Beijing +25 which is the principal global policy on gender equality, this year also marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, which places women at the center of all the mechanisms for the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts, as well as in peacebuilding and post-conflict reconstruction. In Africa, 2020 also marks the end of the first African Women’s Decade 2010-2020 on “Grassroots Approaches to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment” and the beginning of the new African Women’s Decade 2020-2030 on “Financial and Economic Inclusion of African Women”. Agenda 2063’s First Ten Year Implementation Plan and Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development are also marking five (5) years of existence. The two documents provide a framework for attainment of irreversible and impactful action to promote women’s fundamental human rights and advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment, without leaving anyone behind. This is therefore a year to celebrate achievements made in advancing the AU Gender Agenda and it is a time for reflection on how these efforts can be sustained and accelerated to change the lives of women in Africa. This edition also comes at the time when Africa and the entire globe is dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic, which has the potential to reverse the gains that have been made in advancing gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights in Africa. As in all pandemics, women are disproportionally affected and it is important to consider how the differential effects COVID-19 will have on women and girls, particularly the vulnerable and those living in crises and conflict affected countries. A gendered perspective in the analysis and responses to the pandemic will improve the outcomes for people affected by the virus and contribute in saving lives in Africa. We therefore stand in solidarity with all the African women who are not only at a higher risk of contracting the virus, but who remain in the frontline of fighting the pandemic.
Authors: African Union Commission Department of Administration and Human Resources Management
Type: Newsletter
Language: English
French
Subject: COVID - 19
CORONAVIRUS
AFRICA
AFRICAN UNION
AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION
GENDER
GENDER EQUALITY
Link to Fulltext/Resources: https://au.int/
Status: Free for Public Access




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