September 2015 E-Bulletin

Ahead of the historic adoption of the 2030 Development Agenda (also referred to as the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs), FEMNET and the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) Coalition released the statement African Women & Girls Call on their Governments to Support Gender Equality in Totality in the 2030 Agenda for SustainableDevelopment, which was endorsed by other 140 organizations, calling on world leaders – from the regional to international levels – to demonstrate political will, domesticate and allocate adequate resources to implement the “2030 Agenda” and other progressive regional and global agreements they have already signed.

In this Issue, we share with you highlights and analysis of the SDGs – including a list of all the 17 goals, which are also available online. For sure, with a real commitment from all actors, the SDGs have the potential to transform Africa and the world by realizing women’s and girls’ rights and the achievement of gender equality. The onus is on each one of us to make our small and big contributions and hold each other accountable!

Enjoy reading the September 2015 Issue of the E-Bulletin and other Briefs from FEMNET’s secretariat, regional and international as well as upcoming events, vacancies, online resources and much more!

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August 2015 E-Bulletin

12th August was commemorated as the International Youth Day, themed: Youth Civic Engagement. For sure the engagement and participation of ALL youth in civic and all development matters is essential to achieve sustainable development and you can follow diverse conversations on twitter hashtags #YouthDay2015,#Youth, #YPTTakeover, #PoliticalParties, #Youth4Peace, #YouthNow.

August 27 marked 500 days since close to 300 girls were abducted by terror group Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria. The BBOG group scheduled a week-long programme of activities tagged: Global Week of Action #GWA, themed, “500 Days On, Chibok Girls — Crying To Be Rescued, Never To Be Forgotten.”, and we joined to demand the safe return of the 219 Chibok Girls still in captivity. Read more.

Enjoy reading the August 2015 Issue of the E-Bulletin and other Briefs from FEMNET’s secretariat, regional and international as well as upcoming events, vacancies, online resources and much more!

We also greatly appreciate the feedback you gave us on the Assessment of the E-bulletins and in case you still need to send us additional comments/ information, do let me know by emailing and will send you the questionnaire.

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July 2015 E-Bulletin

In our July 2015 issue of the E-bulletin,  we feature some highlights from the historic Financing for Development conference – notably the recommendations from the preceding Women’s Forum and the CSO’s Forum – as well as quotes by President Barack Obama, during his recent visit in Kenya, where he reiterated that “Treating women as second-class citizens is a bad tradition: it holds you back. There’s no excuse for sexual assault or domestic violence, there’s no reason that young girls should suffer genital mutilation, there’s no place in a civilized society for the early or forced marriage of children.

Enjoy reading other Briefs from FEMNET’s secretariat, regional and international as well as upcoming events, vacancies, online resources and much more!

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June 2015 E-Bulletin

“This [FGM] has robbed a whole generation of girls of the opportunity to get an education and has left them trying to provide for a family while they are still children themselves.” – Ms Margaret Kenyatta, First Lady of the Republic of Kenya

On 16th June the world commemorated the Day of the African Child 2015 themed “25 Years after the Adoption of the African Children’s Charter: Accelerating our Collective Efforts to End Child Marriage in Africa.”

Worldwide, there have been heightened awareness, advocacy and concerted efforts to end child marriages and as Felogene Anumo blogs, young people must be at the center since “it is possible to end child marriage in our generation. Together, let us banish child marriage to the books of history, where it belongs” and Esther Kimani’s blog agrees, “lets fight to the end”.

Join ongoing twitter conversations and add your voices #YAFDialogues, #SRHRDialogues, #TheAfricaWeWant, #EndChildMarriageNow, #ACRWC25, #DAC2015

In this Issue, we profile 2 of FEMNET members – one in Mali and the other one in South Africa, who share with us updates on what they have recently been engaged and participated in their efforts to promote peace and contribute to shaping the post-2015 development agenda. We hope these inspires you and invite you to send us any updates for wider sharing on this platform. Read more regional and international briefs as well as updates from the Secretariat.

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May 2015 E-Bulletin

We share with you FEMNET’s May 2015 E-bulletin and begin with words from a song by the group ‘Sweet Honey in The Rock’ as shared by one of our members; Susan Nkomo, in paying tribute to Matrine Chuulu (Zambia) our member who passed last month. As we reflect on these powerful words, we invite you to join us in paying tribute to the great women who are no longer with us, including Ruth Mompati (South Africa), Joan Kagezi (Uganda), Shaimaa al Sabbagh (Egypt), Intisar Al-Hasairi (Libya) and others whom we may not know of but are women human rights defenders.

We applaud the government of Mauritius for designating Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as their new president and as we follow closely her inauguration expected on 5th June, we do wish her success in her presidential duties.

Be sure to click, read and share with others the Policy Recommendations that emerged from the 3-days African feminists Strategy Meeting on Financing for Development (FfD) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda and follow the conversations on Twitter: #FfD3, #Post2015, #TheAfricaWeWant

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