9th Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting

9th Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
23-23rd January 2007

As part of the ongoing ‘Gender is My Agenda Campaign,' aiming to mainstream gender in the African Union (AU), Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) and women's civil society networks in Africa organized the 9th AU Pre-Summit Consultative meeting which took place from January 23-24, 2007 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The meeting preceded the regular African Union (AU) sessions and was the 9th in a series of consultative meetings of civil society networks concerned with gender issues and the promotion of women's human rights in Africa. The key objective of this year's meeting was for civil society members of the campaign to evaluate and report on the implementation of the Solemn Declaration for Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA).

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Members of the ‘Gender is My Agenda Campaign' at the 9th Consultative Meeting in Addis Ababa, January 2007

As a means of monitoring its implementation, organizers of the ‘Gender is My Agenda Campaign' defined thematic focal points addressing the various aspects of the SDGEA, asking members of civil society to evaluate and report on the progress of each theme through the presentation of a shadow report. The themes which were addressed in the context of gender equality were: governance; peace and security; human rights; health; education; and economic empowerment.

The meeting was intended to be an opportunity to build upon the successes of the previous 8th consultative meeting which took place June 2006 in Banjul with the official launch of the ‘Gender is My Agenda Campaign' and the adoption of the Banjul Declaration. The meeting in Addis Ababa aimed to continue facilitating a dialogue amongst civil society members and provide a forum in which to revise future strategies on gender mainstreaming.

An Open Letter was addressed and presented to the African Union, highlighting the areas where the AU has failed to fulfil its promises and specifically emphasising the responsibilities the AU women commissioners have of promoting the advancement of women. ‘The Addis Call for Solemn Implementation' was also adopted by members of the ‘Gender is My Agenda Campaign', reaffirming their commitment to monitoring the implementation of the Solemn Declaration.


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Rosalie Lo of FAS informs H.E President Kagamé of Rwanda of his election as the recipient of the 2007 African Gender Award

A meeting of the Selection Committee for the African Gender Award also took place on the margins of the Pre-Summit meeting and voted to award the 2007 award to H.E President Paul Kagamé, for his efforts in promoting women's rights in Rwanda. The Award ceremony will take place on the 12th December at the end of the African Gender Forum, which will be taking place 9th-12th December 2007, in Dakar, Senegal.