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The 24th GIMAC Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the AU, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 19-20 June 2014

The 24th Gender is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) consultative meeting took place from the 19-20 June 2014 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, ahead of the bi-annual African Union (AU) Summit on agriculture and food security.
Coordinated by Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), with the support of Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF), the event gathered more than 70 African women from diverse backgrounds, representing the GIMAC network’s 55 member organizations.
H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Ms. Bineta Diop, the AUC Chairperson’s Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security, African Ministers of Gender, and Gender focal points from continental and regional organizations (NEPAD, Regional Economic Communities, African Development Bank, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, among others), participated in the discussions.
Women shared stories, good practices and challenges on issues ranging from agriculture and food security, to violence against women in current emerging conflicts, the post-2015 agenda, Agenda 2063, and the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1325. Participants adopted a set of recommendations to be shared with AU Heads of States and governments to urge them to take action on prevailing and emerging issues affecting women and girls in Africa.
Read the recommendations English, French, Spanish
Read the press release in English, French


The 23rd GIMAC Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the AU, UN ECA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 23-24 January 2014

The 23rd GIMAC Pre-summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the African Union (AU) was held from 23rd to 24th January 2014, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The 23rd GIMAC focused on “Women in Agriculture and Food Security” and addressed other crucial issues including Climate Change and Justice, Reproductive health, Emerging Conflicts on the Continent, including South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Central African Republic (CAR). A press conference was organized, providing the opportunity for several GIMAC members to sensitize the media on what African Women want from the African Union Head of States Summit and to invite them to amplify women voices to the AU summit, on the continent and internationally.
23rd GIMAC Recommendations, English >> / French >>
South Sudanese Women Statement, English >> / French >>
Conference Report, Here >>


The 22nd GIMAC Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the AU, UN ECA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 20-21 May 2013

The 22nd Gender is my Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) consultative meeting was held from 20-21st May 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia prior to the 21st Ordinary Session of the Heads of State and Government. The 22nd consultative meeting coincided with the Organisation of African Unity/African Union 50th anniversary, as well as the GIMAC 10th anniversary. Prior to this meeting, GIMAC members contributed to the African Union Commission (AUC) Consultative Conference of Women Stakeholders on Pan Africanism, Renaissance and Agenda 2063 that was held from 11-12th May 2063. " No community agenda, national agenda, no global agenda can move forward without the involvement of women; therefore women must help to craft the direction of Africa's Agenda 2063 instead of waiting to be presented with a draft document to comment on", said Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma during her opening remarks. "The African Agenda 2063 cannot be defined by governments alone, it must involve all of us in every sector of society", she further said.

The 22nd GIMAC was convened in partnership with United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Union (AU), UN Women, Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), Ipas Africa Alliance, Urgent Action Fund, African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), Isis-Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE), Institute for Social Transformation, World YWCA, Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), Pan-African Women’s Organisation (PAWO) and Oxfam International. One of the key achievements of the 22nd GIMAC is that it attracted more technical and financial support from UN Women. Moreover, the UNECA African Centre for Gender renewed its commitment for stronger partnership and support for the GIMAC activities.
The activities carried out during the 22nd GIMAC included an intergenerational dialogue to share experiences and best practices across the generations with a view of contributing to Africa’s Agenda 2063. The opening remarks were given by Ms Grace Kabayo, the PAWO Secretary for Eastern Africa. She emphasised that the 50th anniversary celebratory year was declared the Year of Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance. “As we assess our past, our present and our future, it is important that we celebrate Africa’s women who hold the continent up and Africa’s youth who will inherit the future of our continent” said Ms Kabayo Read more >>
22nd GIMAC Press release, English >> / French >>
22nd GIMAC Recommendations, English >> / French >>
AUC Conference of Women Stakeholders - May 2013 Declaration, English >> / French >>


The 21st GIMAC Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the AU, UN ECA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 22-23 January 2013
Pan Africanism and the African Renaissance.

The curtain fell on the 21st Session of the GIMAC Wednesday, January 23, 2013. More than 200 participants from fifty Organizations took part in the debates. Opened January 22, 2013 by His Excellency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, the session ended with a press conference at the African Union. Hon. Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland, Ms. Zainab Bangura, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict and Mrs. Bineta Diop, President of Femmes Africa Solidarité, responded for about an hour to questions from journalists. We'll go into more detail on key decisions and highlights of the 21st GIMAC.

GIMAC FINAL Recommendations, English / French
Press release, Read more>>
View the video's interview of Ms Bineta DIOP, here >>
View the GIMAC's video on Africable, here >>
Please view the documentary film on GIMAC by Ibrahim Ceesay for African Youth Initiative on Climate Change here >>


Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) and Gender is my Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) members welcome Dr. Dlamini-Zuma's election as Chairperson of the African Union

Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa's Home Affairs Minister, and a member of Femmes Africa Solidarité’s (FAS) Advisory Board, was elected as the next chairperson of the African Union Commission on 15th July 2012 during the 19th Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government. Dr. Dlamini-Zuma won with 37 votes of the 51 participating countries to become the commission’s first woman chairperson. She will serve as the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) for the next four years. Read more
Please read the french version here

The 20th African Women’s Pre-Summit Cconsultation on Gender Mainstreaming in the African Unuion took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from July 10-11 2012, convened by Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) especially the Women, Gender and Development Directorate with the support of African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), Mo Ibrahim Foundation, UN Women, Urgent Action Fund (UAF), Ipas Africa Alliance, Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund, Isis-Women's International Cross Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE) and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Norway and Sweden;

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Mali Statement (English): » 
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 The 19th African Women’s Pre-Summit on Gender Mainstreaming in the African Union (AU) took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 25-26 January 2012, convened by Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC), the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) gender cluster, Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice (MRFCJ) with the support of Ipas Africa Alliance and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Norway and Sweden

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The 18th African Women’s Pre-Summit Consultation on Gender Mainstreaming in the African Union (AU) took place in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea from June 27-28 2011, convened by Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) in partnership with the Economic, Social, and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) Gender Cluster, Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO), and with the support of the African Union Commission (AUC), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and other UN agencies, Open Society Initiative (OSI), the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), Ipas, Isis Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE), Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF), the Global Fund for Women, the International Labour Organization (ILO), Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice (MRFCJ), and with the governments of Equatorial Guinea, Finland, Norway, Spain and Sweden

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The 17th African Women’s Pre-Summit on Gender Mainstreaming in the AU took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from January 24-26 2011, convened by Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) in partnership with United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), African Union Commission (AUC), International Labour Organization (ILO) and IPAS with the support of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), Urgent Action Fund, Open Society Initiative (OSI), Nobel Women’s Initiative, Agencia Espanola De Cooperacion Internacional, and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Norway and Sweden

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The 16th AU Pre-Summit African Women’s Consultation took place in Kampala, Uganda from July 21st to 23rd July 2010, convened by Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) in partnership with ISIS –WICCE, International Labor Organization ( ILO), IPAS, African Union Commission (AUC), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) with the support of African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), Urgent Action Fund, the Open Society Initiative (OSI), the Department For International Development (DFID), and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Finland and Norway

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 The 15th AU Pre- Summit African Women’s Consultation took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from January 21st and 22nd 2010, convened by Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) with the support of the African Union Commission (AUC), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Open Society Initiative (OSI), Department for International Development (DFID), African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Finland and Norway;

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 The 14th Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the African Union took place in Tripoli, from 27-28 June 2009 on the margins of the Summit Meeting of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU).

The meeting is organized by the GIMAC network and coordinated by Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), who works in partnership with the African Union (AU), AU Gender Directorate (AUGD), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), Department For International Development (DFID), African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.

The AU meeting will comprise the Ordinary Session of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), 24-26 June 2009; the Ordinary Session of the Executive Council, the 28–30 June 2009, and the Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, the 1-3 July 2009. 

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Articles: "Boosting Africa’s Food Security and Economic Growth- Investing in African Women" by Mary Wandia »

The 13th Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting took place from the 27th-28th January 2009 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
It was organized by Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), the GIMAC network, the AU Women Gender & Development Directorate (WGDD) and the UNECA African Centre for Gender and Social Development and supported by ILO, AWDF, OSIWA, DFID, and the African Development Bank. 

The meeting hold on the margins of the Summit Meeting of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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The 12th African Union (AU) Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the African Union took place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from June the 21st to the 22nd June, 2008 and brought together the members of the “Gender Is My Agenda Campaign”.

Participants at the Pre Summit MeetingThe participants discussed new challenges and strategies of advocacy for effective gender parity policies and practice, assessed progress and shortcomings in the implementation of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA) during these last years and make recommendations to the President of the AU Commission and the commissioners; fostered the partnership between different stakeholders and strengthened the commitment to move forward the effective implementation of the SDGEA. Full Text »

 

 

The 11th Pre-Summit was held from 22-23 January 2008 at the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the margins of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU). 

The theme of the 11th Pre-Summit was The Industrialisation of the African Continent: "The gender perspective".
Experts from across Africa and the world came to share their views on the subject.
Several prominent women and experts attended the event.
Gisèle Mandaila, Secretary of State for Families and Persons with Disabilities of Belgium and Fatou Bensouda, Deputy Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, were among the special guests invited to address the conference.
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As noted in a major report issued by the UN Secretary-General, all forms of violence against women represent an unacceptable violations of human rights and together.
They form a major impediment to gender equality.

This campaign has been launched following the adoption of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA), signed by representatives of the member states of the African Union during the third common session of the Conference, which was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 6th to 8th July 2004.

 

The "Gender is my Agenda" Campaign aims to bring greater attention to violence against women, a pervasive and deeply entrenched human rights violation.

 



 



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