African Union Commission and UNDP host policy dialogue to promote gender equality in Africa

Aug 2, 2017

Seated from left ro right: Adoumtar Noubatour,Advisor, Gender and Women Development,AUC; Hon.Otiko Djaba, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection; Dominic Sam, Country Director, UNDP Ghana and Odette Kabaya, Regional Programme Advisor,GEWE,UNDP/RSCA

 Representatives from the African Union Commission, regional economic communities (RECs), United Nations agencies, civil society and academia are meeting in Accra, Ghana to discuss the challenges to, and opportunities for, better delivery of gender equality results at the regional and sub-regional levels in Africa.

The three-day dialogue titled, Mainstreaming Gender in Regional Economic Communities in Africa: Documenting Existing Models for Accelerating Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the African Union’s Agenda 2063, is organised by the African Union Commission and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The dialogue participants will share their experiences on these issues and identify good practices that can be scaled up on the continent.

“To ensure that no one is left behind, we must ensure that gender equality is deliberately included as a design feature in development planning, budgeting and implementation,” said UNDP Africa Gender Advisor Odette Kabaya.
As a strategy for achieving gender equality, gender mainstreaming involves a process of incremental change in policies, strategies and activities, so that women and men influence, participate in, and benefit equitably from all development interventions.

The Accra policy dialogue will serve as a basis for documenting how the regional and sub-regional institutions used a gender equality lens for situation analysis, planning, policymaking, legislation, resource allocation, implementation, and monitoring progress on activities.

The RECs represented at the dialogue are the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Other participants include representatives of Ghana’s Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The policy dialogue is part of the African Union Commission’s Building an Enabling Environment for Women’s Economic Empowerment and Political Participation in Africa project that receives technical support from the UNDP Regional Service Centre in Africa.

Contact information

Bossman Owusu, Communications Analyst, UNDP Ghana, bossman.owusu@undp.org; Cell: +233 501 323 566

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