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African Women Pushing for FULL Implementation of 2030 Agenda (SDGs) #FemmeAfricaSDGs

This very first convening of FEMNET members and women’s rights organizations generally across Africa to collectively deliberate and develop a roadmap for women’s rights organizations to effectively engage in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs). This convening comes one and a half years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and when AU has developed a 10 year implementation plan of the Africa Agenda 2063. An opportune moment when African countries are starting to put in place mechanisms for monitoring, review and implementation of both agendas and some are preparing for National Voluntary Reporting at the High Level Political Forum in July, 2017. In addition, African Union in partnership with UNDP, UN Economic Commission in Africa (UNECA) and African Development Bank are also developing a joint Implementation framework for both 2030 Agenda and Africa Agenda 2063 to allow AU member states to be accountable to both agendas in a more efficient and effective way.

The theme of the convening is “Safeguarding our gains: African women collective action on defining the pathway to achieve 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.  It will be  (i) a dedicated space for the African women’s movement and development partners  to spread learning and broaden understanding of women’s rights key issues related to the gender equality indicators and targets in the 17 SDG goals and Goal 5 in particular and its intersection with other women’s human rights instruments and Africa Agenda 2063. (ii) Foster collective thinking on how to move forward on common challenges and promote alliance-building and continental coordination on ensuring no one is left behind and (iii) Mobilize organizations and individuals for actions that contribute to the effective monitoring, follow up and implementation of 2030 Agenda.

The Convening will discuss how to leverage on regional and global opportunities while identifying existing opportunities at the national and local levels.  It will have a market place for players in different countries to share best practices and the existing initiatives that can be replicated in other countries and regionally. The outcomes (roadmap) will feed into other key regional and global processes including the Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development to be convened by UNECA in mid May 2017, the 2nd Annual Global South Women’s Forum on Sustainable Development to be held in Rwanda in May, the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) to be held in July in New York as well as the 5th Africa-EU Summit to be held in November 2017.

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FEMNET’s Contribution and Engagement at the 2nd High Level Meeting on the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (HLM2) in Nairobi, Kenya (28th November – 1st December 2016

For More information related to FEMNET’s contribution contact; Catherine Nyambura,
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Women’s Forum


FEMNET Secretariat and Members moderating various sessions during the Forum



28th November 7.30am- 6.30pm KICC Preparatory forum to build capacity of women’s rights organizations to effectively engage in HLM 2 and also provide space for development of collective advocacy strategy.
CSOs Forum


Dinah Musindarwezo, FEMNET will present key Outcomes from the Women’s Forum that will inform the CSOs Position



29th November 8.00am- 6.00pm Pride –Inn Westlands Organised and meaningful participation by CSOs is critical in ensuring the voices of the peoples and communities it represents or work with are heard.


This preparatory forum will be a convening of over 100 civil society delegates to discuss the positions, messages, and key demands of the CSOs to make development cooperation effective. The plenary and parallel sessions in this Forum will be an avenue where delegates can level off on what they will bring to negotiation table and during their interventions in the HLM2 sessions. Click to Download Programme



High Level Meeting


30th November- 1st December The two-day high-level meeting will offer a unique platform for heads of state, ministers, heads of major international organisations and leaders from civil society, the private sector, foundations, local government and parliaments to showcase successes and identify innovative approaches. The meeting will include seven plenary sessions, parallel discussions on bottlenecks, a series of side events, and market place stalls for showcasing successful innovation, implementation, and sharing knowledge. Click to Download Programme



UN Women Side Event: Closing the Gap; Financing for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

FEMNET on the  panel

Dinah Musindarwezo- Executive Director


30th November 2.30-3.30pm Taifa Investment in gender equality continues to be low, in 2012-13 only 5% of foreign aid funds had gender equality as a principle objective (UN Women 2016). On the other hand gender Ministries are among the under resourced Ministries receiving on average 2% of the national budget. Although gender responsive budgeting is used extensively to implement gender equality policies and action plans, there are still huge funding gaps up to 90% of what is required to for gender responsive programmes that benefit women and girls, provide basic services such as access to clean and safe water, comprehensive sexual reproductive health rights and services, prevention and response to violence against women and girls, clean accessible energy  and frameworks relating to land ownership,  control inheritance and property rights.


FEMNET Side Event


Mutual Accountability for Women and Girls Human Rights in Africa: Rising beyond Rhetoric to Concrete Actions in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


1st December 7.30am-8.30am KICC

Amphitheatre Room

Platform for key actors to reflect on practical implementation mechanisms and strategies for achieving the aspirations set out in the 2030 Agenda (SDGs), other regional and international commitments including the Maputo Protocol, Beijing Platform for Action, International Conference on Population and Development Programme (ICPD), Common African Position on the Post-2015 Development,  and the African Union Agenda 2063.
Gladiator Session


Valuing Women’s Economic Contribution


FEMNET on the Panel –  Memory Kachambwa- Head of  Programmes

1st December 8.30am-9.15am KICC Lively discussion of hot issues on Recognising and Valuing Women’s Contribution to Economic Development. The session will cover development aid landscape in supporting women’s rights and gender equality, unpaid care work, aspects of financing gender equality for the achievement of Agenda 2030 in particular Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls and SDG Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development; curbing illicit financial flows, resourcing for women’s rights, addressing the gender gap in rural development and assessing the role of private sector in financing gender equality beyond cooperate social responsibility.


PLENARY 5 SESSION: Women and Youth Economic Empowerment


FEMNET on the Panel – Dinah Musindarwezo Executive Director

1st December 10.30am-12.00pm KICC The overarching goal of this session is to deliberate on the accountability of development  stakeholders in relation to women’s rights, gender equality and the rights of  the youth in the context of development cooperation. The plenary is a clarion call for accelerated efforts by all partners to unleash the power of youth and women as dynamic contributors to society, to create synergies, share practices and catalyse all knowledge on promoting Economic Empowerment of Women and Youth.


AWID Forum - FEMNET Sidevent Flyer on 8.9.2016


FEMNET members and partners will host a panel discussion and side event in the margins of the AWID Forum. The session titled: African Women and Money: Opportunities and Threats” will be a platform for key actors to reflect on practical strategies for fundraising, show case how the cut backs on ODA are affecting the funding for women’s rights work, share best practices of how African women have advocated for resources towards gender equality and empowerment of women. FEMNET envisions the side event as a space for alliance building especially in advocating towards financing for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls in Africa.

Theme: Our Current Realities

African Women and Money: Opportunities and Threats

 VENUE: Ala Terra – Bahia 3, Brazil

DATE: 8th September 2016  

TIME: 14:30-16:00

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5 Young African Feminists Reflect on what it would take to End AIDS:-

#WhatWomenWant campaign is a collaborative effort launched by the ATHENA network. The Campaign aims to engage activists and advocates in women’s civil society & feminist organizations to contribute towards renewed leadership and drive momentum toward realizing the vision, priorities and rights of women and girls in all of their diversity and to end HIV as a public health emergency. The objective of #WhatWomenWant is to utilize the political moment at hand presented by the newly adopted SDGs and the upcoming High Level Meeting on AIDS to ensure that women’s priorities for HIV prevention; freedom from violence, an end to GBV and sexual and reproductive health and rights are amplified and reflected in the Political Declaration to be produced at the High Level Meeting. ATHENA and partners aims for this global virtual conversation to place women and girls squarely at the center of all agendas, to provide a platform for operationalizing gender equality in the HIV movement and outside of it, and to catalyze cross-movement dialogue and action toward what truly works for women and girls in their diversity.

  1. What do you see as the current gaps in the HIV response for women and girls and what are key barriers and enablers to accessing HIV/SRHR services?

The greatest barrier to accessing sexual reproductive health in my country is the cost of health care. Very few women and girls in Kenya can afford to pay a visit to a gynaecologist, gynaecologists are very expensive. The other thing is stigma especially in matters related to HIV.  Many communities still demonize people living with HIV so other people find it safer to stay without accessing services and treatment other than be vilified by the community once they know.  Sadly there are so many instances where doctor patient confidentiality is breached- Diana Okello- Kenya

  1. What effective strategies that have worked in your community or setting to prevent and address GBV in all its forms & What laws do you think need to be strengthened or repealed to help prevent and address GBV, and to protect the rights of women and girls in all of our diversity?

The strategies that are working are the constant community engagement, various online and offline discussions and education. In particular grassroots community movements, various publications and activism have been able to frame some of women’s concerns in a meaningful manner. The most important thing lies in acquiring power -we need African intersectional feminist to access and be present in various decision making spaces be it in the civic, public and entrepreneurial domain. There needs to be a shift in a community oriented government as opposed to an office caricature- Zemdena Abebe, Ethiopia.

  1. How can young women be supported to break structural barriers that hinder the progress towards gender equality

It all starts with quality education for young girls and women. Studies have demonstrated that educating women and girls is the single most effective strategy to ensure the well-being and health of children, and the long-term success of developing economies. In Sub-Saharan Africa and everywhere around the globe, girls and women continue to suffer from a lack of economic opportunity, inadequate health care and education, harmful and discriminatory social and traditional practices such as early marriage, sexual violence and other aspects of marginalization. If young women are given the opportunity obtain quality education, they will be able to break structural barriers that hinder their progress towards gender equality. There are countless barriers that hinder achievement of gender equality all embedded in patriarchal and misogynistic cultural practices. If we are able to deal with these deep-rooted cultural practices and norms that perpetuate inequality we will make great strides towards achievement of gender equality- Isabella Muthoni, Kenya

  1. Why do we need a feminist HIV Response?

I believe that we need a feminist public health response in general. Too many women fall victim to an unresponsive public health system, mostly because women do not set their own health agendas. When women begin to set their own health priorities, and also begin to find their own solutions to the health problems they face, we will begin to have women be part of their own solutions, and not just objects without an input- Dr. Ntlotleng Mabena- South Africa

  1. The world will meet in June at the High Level Meeting on AIDS 2016, what is one of thing you would like to see come out of this meeting? (Especially that it happens after adoption of SDGs)

Resources is a word that is important  in achieving desired outcomes in the HIV response as well as the SDGs. Inadequate funding has hindered women from actively participating in initiatives on HIV . These initiatives vary from Conferences, High Level Meetings, advocacy platforms, and programming. There is urgent need to mobilize resources to strengthen engagement of women and girls in the HIV response- Nyasha Sithole, Zimbabwe

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Join & Follow Panel Discussion: Implement NOW #WomensRights Commitments #26thAUSummit

African leaders have endorsed human rights in national, regional, continental and international instruments. However, the effective implementation of key AU human rights instruments, including the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, by the majority of member states is still lagging behind the agreed targets. Upholding of human and women’s rights remains a responsibility of all stakeholders but most especially a primary responsibility of Governments who are the duty bearers. Thus the 2016 AU theme African Year of Human Rights, with specific focus on Women’s Rights” provides an opportunity for the African leaders with strong participation of civil society, especially African women and other actors to assess the implementation of these key instruments and redefine the future of the continent and its population – men and women, boys and girls.