20th Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the AU


The 20th GIMAC Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the AU, UN ECA, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 10-11 July 2012
Boosting Gender Mainstreaming and Intra-African Trade

The 20th Gender Is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the African Union is held on 10-11 July 2012 on the margins of the 19th Ordinary Session of the African Union. On this occasion, developments and challenges for gender mainstreaming in Africa will be addressed, with a particular focus on issues affecting women. The core themes of the 20th GIMAC convention during this 2-day meeting include:

Regional Integration and Intra-African Trade, Women, Peace and Security, Gender and Climate Change, the “3F” Crises (Food, Fuel, Finance), and Violence against Women (VAW) in Conflict and Post-conflict Situations.

During the opening ceremony, which was opened by Mr Abdoulie Janneh, Executive Secretary for UNECA for Africa, one of the invited guest speakers included Ms. Letty Chiwara, Chief of the Africa Division of UN Women in New York. She addressed the gathering of GIMAC advocates by calling for real action and highlighted the need of African member states to provide concrete recommendations in advancing women’s empowerment and promoting gender equality in trade and agriculture.

One of the concrete recommendations and messages she urged African governments, CSO and Developments Partners to adopt included the need to:

“Build women’s capacities in trade including literacy and numeracy training as well as building skills and understanding of business management and trade policies ….. and providing market and customs regulatory information through trade information centres and the mass media, particularly radio and circulating information about prices for different commodities in different markets in Africa.”

For more information on the 20th GIMAC Consultative Meeting, please see:
20th GIMAC Agenda:English and French
20h GIMAC Concept Note here
Opening speech of Ms Diop here
Summary and Recommendations English and French
Mali Statement English and French
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