Advocacy at international level

Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) believes that the politics of exclusion adds to the multiple factors which cause conflict and political instability on the African continent. However, by giving recognition and visibility to women and their work, such inequalities can be redressed. In order to ensure that women's interests are articulated and represented, FAS lobbies at the sub-regional, regional, international and institutional levels. Its aim is to encourage policy-making bodies at all levels to develop and implement policies which promote gender mainstreaming and to adopt the principle of gender parity, thus ensuring the full participation of African women in all decision-making processes.

International frameworks

Over the decades, the international community has adopted and ratified several important instruments which guarantee the rights of women and recognize their role in peacebuilding and development initiatives. These include:

1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action
2000 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
2000 UN Security Council Resolution 1325


Unfortunately, despite these various frameworks, African women continue to be sidelined in their efforts to participate in decision-making at the national and sub-regional levels. In addition, African women are very often under-represented in international decision-making bodies; even when they are organized and prepared, they often have trouble securing the necessary funds to attend negotiations.


FAS's international advocacy programme aims to link the concerns of African women with the international agenda on peace, development and women's rights. FAS was at the forefront of the advocacy campaign for the adoption of the MDGs and UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and now aims to:
• monitor the implementation of international instruments which promote and protect the rights of women;
• encourage the full participation of African women in the decision-making processes of international bodies.

How FAS monitors international instruments

FAS has consultative status with the UN Department of Public Information and the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Consultative status with ECOSOC allows NGOs to:
• place items on the agenda of ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies;
• attend UN international conferences and their preparatory bodies;
• attend meetings where they may submit written statements and make oral presentations to governments.



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