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CIVIL SOCIETY's GUIDELINES AND MECHANISM FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION, MONITORING AND EVALUATION OF THE SOLEMN DECLARATION ON GENDER EQUILITY IN AFRICA

 


GUIDELINES FOR REPORTING ON THE AU SOLEMN DECLARATION ON GENDER EQUALITY IN AFRICA

The AU Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SD), which was adopted by The Heads of State and Government of Member States of the African Union during the Third Ordinary Session of the Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in July 2004, is a product of a broad-based and highly consultative process and concerted efforts of all stakeholders working on gender and development, including members of the civil society.

In operative paragraph 12 of the Solemn Declaration, the Heads of States and Government commit themselves to report annually on progress made in gender mainstreaming and to support and champion all issues raised in the Declaration, both at the national and regional levels, and to regularly provide each other with updates on progress made during Ordinary Sessions of the Assembly.
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IMPLEMENTATION FRAMEWORK OF THE SOLEMN DECLARATION ON GENDER EQUALITY IN AFRICA ADOPTED AT THE FIRST AFRICAN UNION CONFERENCE OF MINISTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR WOMEN AND GENDER.


The Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SD), which was adopted by the Heads of State and Government of Member States of the African Union during the Third Ordinary Session of the Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in July 2004, is the product of a broad-based and highly consultative process and concerted efforts of all stakeholders working on gender and development, including members of the civil society.
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SOLEMN DECLARATION ON GENDER EQUALITY IN AFRICA

We, the Heads of State and Government of Member States of the African Union, meeting in the Third Ordinary Session of our Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 6-8 July 2004:

Reaffirming our commitment to the principle of gender equality as enshrined in Article 4 (l) of the Constitutive Act of the African Union, as well as other existing commitments, principles, goals and actions set out in the various regional, continental and international instruments on human and women’s rights, including :

  • the Dakar Platform for Action (1994),
  • the Beijing Platform for Action (1995),
  • the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW - 1979),
  • the African Plan of Action to Accelerate the Implementation of the Dakar and Beijing Platforms for Action for the Advancement of Women (1999);
  • the Outcome Document of the Twenty-third Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (2000);
  • UN Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security;
  • and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (2003).

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