FAS History - 2007

Jan. 2007 :  9th AU Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
 
The members of the “Gender is my agenda” campaign officially launched the “Civil Society Shadow Report on the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa,” which reported on States’ implementation of the Solemn Declaration - SDGEA.
Adoption of the Addis Call for Solemn Declaration.

March 2007 :  International Advocacy, Geneva, Switzerland
 
On the margins of the 4th session of the Human Rights Council, FAS held a panel on ‘Women and War in Africa’, in which Professor Yakin Erturk (the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences) took part, where Sudanese women’s NGO were invited to share experiences, and deliver a statement on women’s situation in Darfur. In June 2007, FAS called for the protection of women in Darfur at the 5th session of the Human Rights Council, and urged the Sudanese Government to take action and commit to its promises.

April 2007 : 2nd FAS Pan-African Centre Short-Course, Dakar, Senegal
 
Experts, researchers and university professors specialising in the field of gender and peace attended a short course on “Gender and Conflict: Human Rights and Transitional Justice”.

June 2007 : 10th AU Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming, Accra, Ghana
 
This meeting was co-organized by FAS and the AU Women, Gender and Development Directorate (AUGD).

<>Aug. 2007 : Launching of the project ‘Building Democratic Institutions through Gender Equality in the DRC. Engendering the Democratization Process', Kinshasa, DRC.
 
This project has received support from UNDEF. It aims to engender the democratic process in DRC to ensure full and equitable participation of women in all decisions and the protection of women’s human rights for a peaceful and sustained human development.

<>Sept. 2007 : Eminent Women Mission for Ceasefire in Darfur led by Mary Robinson, Eastern Chad
 
FAS Director, Ms. Bineta Diop, was part of a solidarity and fact-finding mission to Eastern Chad led by Mary Robinson, former Irish President and High Commissioner for Human Rights, aimed at lobbying for ceasefire in Darfur. The mission contributed to the UN General Assembly high level meeting on Darfur in New York in September 2007 and spoke at the UN Security Council on a Arria Formula, organized by France on 1st October 2007.

Oct. 2007 : Election of FAS to AU ECOSOCC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
 
FAS was elected as a member of the General Assembly, the highest decision-making body of the ECOSOCC (Economic, Social and Cultural Council) of the African Union (AU) whose primary purpose is to ensure the participation of the African civil society in the AU policy process. A total of 270 organisations from 44 African countries applied to run in the elections.

 
Roundtable Discussions of FAS Study, Dakar, Senegal
FAS Study on the “Women’s movement for peace and security in Africa: 10 years of practice” was discussed among experts, practitioners and consultants. This study, undertaken by four consultants from different African countries, examines the implementation of monitoring and evaluation instruments, a Leadership Bank of women leaders in Africa, the definition of a ‘conceptual approach’ and case studies.

 

Nov. 2007 : Peace and Solidarity Mission,  Ivory Coast
 
The African Union Gender Directorate (AUGD) and FAS sent a joint-mission to support the women’s participation in conflict resolution, in reconciliation and in the democratization process for sustainable peace in Ivory Coast. Members of the mission met with representatives from governments and civil society organizations, especially women’s networks.

Dec. 2007 : FAS 2nd African Gender Forum and Award (AGFA), Dakar, Senegal
 
FAS and its Pan-African Centre for Gender, Peace and Development (Dakar, Senegal) organized the second edition of the African Gender Forum and Award (AGFA) in December 2007. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda received the 2007 African Gender Award for his exceptional achievements in integrating women into Rwanda’s policy making institutions. The 2007 forum was devoted to “African Women for Africa’s Development: Building partnerships with the Diaspora”.
 

 

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