African Leaders must translate shared values on gender equality into action

As the African Heads of State and Government meet during the 16th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union, under the theme-“Towards Greater Unity and Integration through Shared Values, the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) Coalition congratulates the African Union for elaborating a comprehensive framework on gender equality and women’s empowerment as a shared value.

Tags: AU Summit, Gender EqualityDownloads: PDF icon soawrpressreleaseJan2011.pdf

SOAWR members celebrate Uganda’s announcement of upcoming ratification

SOAWR members, in a lobbying mission in Uganda, celebrate after the announcement of the upcoming ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.

Tags: Uganda, Ratification

BECAUSE I AM A GIRL, I MUST STUDY

A father asks his daughter:

Study? Why should you study?

I have sons aplenty who can study

Girl, why should you study?

Tags: Poem, Art, Artivist

No Woman Should Die While Giving Life, no man should watch women die!

East African Caravan on Maternal Health arrives in Kampala on July 14th, 2010
An estimated 536 000 maternal deaths occurred worldwide in 2005. Slightly more than half - 270 000 - of these preventable and unnecessary deaths occurred in the sub-Saharan Africa region alone.

Tags: Maternal Health, Uganda

Mozambican women celebrate new law

Mozambican women celebrate a new law that protects them from violence-- On 11 July 2003, the heads of State and government of the African Union (AU) adopted the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.

Tags: Mozambique, Gender Violence Act, Ratification

African women making a difference on peace and security

African women are on the move in an extraordinary way, and are determined to make their voices heard and their influence count – particularly on issues of peace and security.

Tags: Peace and Security, Gender Mainstreaming, AU Summit, Gender is my Agenda Campaign (GIMAC), Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA)

FEMNET launches book on FOI and women’s rights,Books

The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), a pan-African network working to promote women's human rights in Africa launched, on 24/10/2010, a book on the freedom of information (FOI) and women’s rights in Africa at the third and final day of the African Union (AU) pre-summit on gender in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Tags: FEMNET, Freedom of Information, AU Summit

Strategies for 2010- AU Year for Peace

Greater women empowerment, training on gender issues, reform of legal systems and a sanction imposition are some of the strategies the Africa Union (AU) should adopt in 2010: the Year for Peace, according to gender experts meeting ahead of the AU summit.

Tags: AU Year for Peace, 2010, Women Empowerment, Peace and Security, UNSCR 1325 action plan

Interview with Ms Faiza Mohamed

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In 2003, the Africa Union (AU) adopted the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa. Today, only 27 countries have ratified. It is only Rwanda, to the best of my knowledge, that has done a comprehensive review of its laws to [to make them compatible with the AU women’s protocol.

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Evaluation of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality

Report findings from 18 African countries out of the 53, indicate that only 34 per cent of the member states have honoured the commitment of subsequent reporting on progress made in implementing the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA) as required under article12.

Tags: Evaluation Report, Violence against women, Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA), AU Summit, Gender is my Agenda Campaign (GIMAC)

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