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Tuesday, 14 December 2010

African Women’s Decade.

Grassroots approach to gender equality and women’s empowermen
The African Women’s Decade was launched
in Nairobi Kenya on October 15, 2010. The
overarching objective of AWD 2010-2020 was to
review and celebrate progress made towards
gender equality and women’s empowerment
and to articulate concrete actions that should
be taken to accelerate momentum in
implementation. The Decade provides an
opportunity for Africa’s global leadership for the
rejuvenation of women’s movements with a focus
on youth and grassroots women leaders; and to
maintain the drive for empowering African women,
as well as scaling up and ring fence funding for
gender equality and women’s empowerment
programmes in the context of the current financial
and economic crisis; finally the Decade aims to
mobilize actors for accelerated implementation of
the commitments to gender equality and women's
empowerment. The Decade will focus on ten
1. Fighting poverty and
Promoting Economic
Empowerment and
 Attain decent work for women
and equal opportunity in
employment, promotion and movement
towards parity at the work place
 Create employment and services by
supporting Women entrepreneurs
particularly in informal sectors, including
Small, Medium Enterprise (SME), Medium
Enterprise (ME) and grow them to big
2. Agriculture and Food Security
 Achieving food security and fighting hunger.
 Increased women’s access to agricultural
land, farm inputs, credit, technology,
extension services, irrigation and water.
 Link women to markets through value
addition of their products including agrobased
supply chain and creating new markets
for their produce including organic food stuffs.
3. Health, Maternal Mortality and
 Improve women’s health,
 Reduce maternal mortality
 Address HIV/AIDS including the
disproportionate burden on women and girls
through increased infections, spread and
increased workload, as well as unequal access
medical service including to ARVs and good
4. Education, Science and Technology
 Achieve parity in education at 2ary and
3ary levels and higher retention rates for
 Increased literacy levels for women
through adult education
 Contribution of Women Scientists including
Information and Communication
5. Environment and Climate
 Identify women’s roles in mitigating
climate change, making sure
they benefit from the new
global, regional and national
packages to fight climate change.
6. Peace and Security and
Violence Against Women
 Promote the implementation of
the international and regional
commitments on women, peace
and security including United Nations
Security Council Resolutions 1325, 1820,
1888 and 1889.
 Work with the African Union Peace and
Security Department, The Peace and Security
Council and the Panel of the Wise to
strengthen responses to violence against
women in conflict situations; and to promote a
stronger role for women in conflict resolutions
and peace processes.
7. Governance and Legal Protection
 Support the participation in political and
electoral processes at national and local
Brought by Elias Soka

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