12th Pre Summit Consultative Meeting Sharm El Sheikh

12th Pre Summit Consultative Meeting
Sharm El Sheikh
21 - 23 June, 2008

African women who attended the 12th Consultative meeting on gender mainstreaming in the African Union held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt  from June 21 -23, 2008, agreed to send a Women's Solidarity Mission to Zimbabwe to support women of that country after the Presidential Run-off election on June 27, 2008.

The women, brought together under the auspices of the Gender is My Agenda Campaign, a network of 40 members coordinated by FAS, drafted a Solemn Statement and Recommendations to protect women and girls affected and displaced by the violence that erupted in Zimbabwe after the March 29 Presidential, Parliamentary and General elections.

 Participants at the Pre Summit Meeting

The Solemn Statement and Recommendations will be presented to Heads of State and Ministers of the African Union between June 28 and July 1.
The theme of the Summit meeting is 'Meeting the Millennium Development Goals on Water and Sanitation'.

The women also called on the Zimbabwean government to facilitate women's access to humanitarian resources such as food, shelter and medical services by lifting the ban against humanitarian organizations operating within the country and ensure the safety and protection of all its citizens.

FAS and the Gender is my Agenda Campaign hold bi-annual Pre Summits in order to review the progress made by the AU in gender mainstreaming with specific emphasis given to the implementation of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA). The meetings serve as a means to monitor, evaluate and make recommendations to the African leaders.  

To read more about the 12th Pre-Summit, click here .