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Moving from Solemn Declarations to Solemn Deliverables

We, women from across the African continent, gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 8th and 9th of June 2015 as part of the 26th Gender is my Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) Pre-African Union Summit meeting, have deliberated on pressing issues related to health and reproductive rights, governance, education, agriculture, peace and security, violence against women and girls, economic empowerment and financial inclusion, and have identified practical and actionable recommendations and best practices to ensure that women are at the center of Africa’s Agenda 2063. Read More >>

27th GIMAC Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in Africa Moving from Solemn Declarations to Solemn Deliverables

Addis Ababa, January 17, 2016 The 27th Gender is my Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) Consultative Meeting on Mainstreaming Gender Equality in the African Union and Member States took place on the 17th-18th January, 2016 at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under the theme “Looking towards 2020: Securing Women’s Rights through Gender Equality and Silencing the Guns in Africa.” The theme was aligned with the African Union (AU) dedication of the year 2016 as the “African Year of Human Rights with particular focus on the Rights of Women”. The 27th GIMAC brought together over 170 delegates from over 30 countries, including representatives of Diplomatic Missions, African Union and United Nations officials, leading Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on Gender in Africa and other interested groups in advancing women’s rights in Africa. Drawing from the two-day discussions, participants outlined key recommendations. Read more here >> .

Read the 27th GIMAC Outcome Document EN| FR
Read the Communique of the AU Gender Pre-Summit EN| FR
Read the 27th GIMAC January 2016 Concept Note EN| FR
Read the 27th GIMAC Program EN
Read the Press Release 27th GIMAC Meeting EN
Please also visit our Facebook Page to view highlights and photos of the GIMAC meeting.
For more information, contact the GIMAC Secretariat: gimacsecretariat@gmail.com

The 26th GIMAC Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the AU is taking place in South Africa on 8-9 June 2015

"The next Gender is my Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting will take place on 8-9 June 2015 in South Africa and will focus on the “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063: The Way Forward”. It will be the occasion to take stock of our achievements since last GIMAC in January and to discuss the way forward. It will also be a key platform for African CSOs, the Diaspora and policy makers to debate on solution-oriented measures towards women empowerment and gender equality."

Read the recommendations of the last GIMAC in EN | FR.

2015 International Women's Day

2015 is the year of women's empowerment. Celebrate International Women's Day with Femmes Africa Solidarité and the Gender is My agenda Campaign (GIMAC). Spread the word and join the movement! View the pictures.

25th African Union Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting: What African Women Demand for the Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development

Addis Ababa, January 26th, 2015 - This week in Addis Ababa marked the end of the four day Gender is my Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Mainstreaming Gender in the African Union (AU) and Member States. This 25th session of the GIMAC was special on many accounts. The year 2015 has been designated by the AU as the Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development Towards Africa’s Agenda 2063. The year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+20) and the 15th anniversary of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325). We are also into the 5th year of the African Women’s Decade (2010-2020) and the finalization of a new post-2015 development framework. The meeting marked the bi-annual consultation between GIMAC members on the one hand, and with the African Union Commission Chairperson, AU ministers of Gender and Women Affairs, gender focal points of Regional Economic Communities and United Nations partners on the other. This follows a key decision adopted during the 24th GIMAC Pre-Summit Meeting, which took place in June 2014 in Malabo for civil society representatives and policy makers to deliberate together before the African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government. Read more >>

Read the GIMAC’s outcome document EN | FR.
Read the Stakeholder’s Consultation Joint Communiqué EN | FR.
Read the outcomes of the 24th African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government EN | FR.
Read the media Advisory for the GIMAC Consultation EN.
Read the Press Release for the press conference held at the African Union: EN | FR.

For more information:
GIMAC Agenda EN.
Concept Note EN | FR.
Short Concept Note EN | FR.
AU Work Programme EN | FR.
GIMAC’s photo gallery here.
Popular version of the Agenda 2063 here.
Report of the Commission on the African Union Agenda 2063 here.
Listen to what African women have to say for the Africa We Want in 2063 here.

Ms Grace Kabayo, the PAWO Secretary for Eastern Africa, pays special tribute to Margaret Vogt

Dear Sisters, Colleagues and Comrades,
The passing of our dear sister, mentor and senior comrade leaves such a big GAP in our lives, the African Women efforts, representation and campaign.
Lucky were those of us who had opportunities of being mentored by her, tapping from her achive of knowledge, wisdom and experience, working with us as she guided and paved ways for us in our struggles for gender parity and women recognition in Africa. We shall deeply miss her.
Margret's presence, her character plus her height at the AU deffinately intimidated some, but also efficiently saw work done. She was a fierce fighter, but also a genuine peace initiator and maker. Her full support for the women struggles as she commitedly served, contributed to achievements like the formation of the Gender,Peace and Security directorates , PAP, ECOSOCC, Cido and general positive transformation at the AU Commission under the great leadership of her then boss, H.E Alpha Konare.

To the family of Margret Vogt, be of carriage and know that as you mourn your Mother, Sister and relative,you are not alone. We mourn, share and feel the loss with you. But we also celebrate her compact life of achievements for her mother AFRICA. Like Benita said, " a trailblazer " we mourn but with a consolation of knowing that she remains in us,with us and for us in her great records of achievements. May her soul, rest in eternal Peace.

Fare thee well my sister , Fare thee well friend and Comrade.
Allutah... Continua !!!


GIMAC Recommendations Are Reflected in Decisions Taken at 23rd African Union Summit

Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) is pleased to share important outcomes of the advocacy undertaken by the Gender is my Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) during the African Union (AU) Summit of Heads and Government held in June 2014 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. A network of more than 55 organizations from African civil society, the GIMAC meets twice a year ahead of AU Summits to advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment in Africa, and to hold African Union member states accountable to their commitments on these issues. Read More >>

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 Inquirer (Monrovia), 23 June 2014 Liberia: 24th GIMAC Consultative Meeting Ends in Malabo here >>

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 Gov