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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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CSO Nairobi Declaration on the Nairobi HLM2

We, the Participants at the Pan African CSO conference on  “CSO Preparatory meeting towards the second high level meeting  for Nairobi under the theme of ‘Fast tracking SDGs Implementation through Effective Development Co-operation’ held in Nairobi, Kenya on 24th – 25th October 2016, have come together as African Civil Society Organizations, including women’s organizations, labour unions, faith based groups, and networks, in the spirit of solidarity and partnership and as key actors in the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation  from 35 African countries with over 500 million citizens of Africa to consolidate our position in our preparation to the second High Level Meeting .

Reaffirming that if the citizens of Africa are to see transformational and sustainable change in their quality of life in the Sustainable Development Goals context, the means of implementation and particularly the global partnership for effective development goals (GPEDC) must place gender equality, youth and women’s empowerment, as well as children at the centre of its focus in effective development co-operation.

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Vacancy Announcement: Head of Advocacy Programme @ FEMNET

Vacancy Announcement

Position: Head of Advocacy Programme

Deadline: Wednesday November 23, 2016

 

FEMNET, a pan-African women’s rights Organization, is looking for a suitable candidate to fill the position of Head of Advocacy Programme. This position provides an opportunity to manage and support exciting advocacy initiatives and campaigns on women’s human rights in a stimulating, multicultural and dynamic environment. The position is based in FEMNET Secretariat in Nairobi and involves travel across Africa and other parts of the world.

Click to download and read more on the Main Responsibilities and Skills/competencies for this position

To Apply:

Remuneration will be in line with the set procedures of the organizations and the experience and qualifications of the candidate. Interested candidates are requested to submit a Curriculum Vitae with 3 references, salary expectations with a 1 page motivational letter explaining why you are a good candidate for the position by email to: recruitment@femnet.or.ke. Please use “Head of Advocacy” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Deadline for submission of applications is Wednesday November 23, 2016 by COB.

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Add your voice to the #FightInequality Shared Vision and collectively build a global people powered movement

A massive global struggle is growing to fight inequality – We’re helping shape it and you can too

With inequality reaching levels not seen for a century there is a need for urgent action, but there is already cause for optimism. Around the world, extraordinary people are fighting inequality – from women garment workers in Bangladeshi factories fighting for the living wage; to youth activists in Zambia fighting for mining companies to pay their fair share of tax that funds public schools and health clinics; to indigenous communities fighting to prevent fossil fuel companies destroying their land.

A Fight Inequality Alliance is growing to stand in solidarity with their struggles. It’s building a Shared Vision that will articulate how we can bring struggles together and go further to counter the excessive concentration of power and wealth in the hands of a small elite and achieve a just, equal and sustainable world.

We’re excited. We believe such an alliance to fight inequality is aligned to our goals, and has the potential to be a significant force for change to help us reach them.

Through Advancing Accountability : Reducing Gender Inequalities initiative, FEMNET aims to help combat levels of inequality in Africa’s economies and encourage African governments to adopt and apply policies that ensure resource distribution benefits poor women and men by working in collegial with other organizations within the fight Inequality Alliance. This is timely, as there is increased political attention – especially in Africa – for solutions to Tax evasion & avoidance, the growth potential offered by Extractives, and the risks of Inequality.

We need your help to build a Shared Vision of what we need to do to fight inequality together. Transformational and locally relevant solutions are needed. Get involved and tell us what you think needs to be done! Your unique perspective is vital.

Have your say on the Fight Inequality vision from 18th Oct

This inequality explosion is one of the biggest crises of our generation, threatening human progress.  We can only turn this around if we come together and take action. We bear witness to a growing gap between the richest and the rest of society reach extremes not seen in a century. We bear witness to the devastating impacts of an unjust economic system in the lives of people around the world, and on the climate. The economic, ecological and human rights crises we face are intertwined, reinforcing and exist at both national and international levels.

National alliances to fight inequality are growing

Like-minded national civil society organizations, activists and social movements are debating what inequality means to them locally, and how people power can shift it.

To read about why we believe the national alliances are so important, what’s happened so far, what’s coming next, or to contact a national volunteer focal point in your country to join or help plan a national discussion, follow this link.

If you’d like to become a national volunteer focal point, email info@fightinequality.org with your name, role, organizational name (where relevant), country and city.

Join in the Global Week of Action to Fight Inequality

A Global Week of Action to Fight Inequality will be held around 14 – 21 January 2017, around the time of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. It will use the heightened media focus around that time to be visible and vocal in our fight against inequality, to show that we’re growing and credible with a progressive, realistic and exciting vision to counter the solutions of the powerful 1%. Planning will get heavily underway as the Shared Vision takes shape. For now please put it in your diaries and workplans, alert the people that lead your communications, and look out for upcoming further information.

The next six months from Oct 2016 to March 2017 will be a critical phase.

The vision conversation is now live and will run until 14 November 2016.  Please share it with your colleagues and allies so we can make it even better.

Have your say on the Fight Inequality vision from 18th Oct

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Women’s Agency, Voice & Participation: Influencing Accountability to Women’s Human Rights

2015 was a critical period for women’s human rights advancement – affirming the continuous need for bold leadership by women’s rights organizations like FEMNET in mobilizing and coordinating women’s rights organizations and activists. In this annual report, we share with you strategic and impactful ways we continued to mobilize and ensure that African women and girls remained informed and engaged in sustained advocacy actions, influencing key policy decisions to ensure the women’s human rights agenda is at the centre of development outcome documents from the national, regional and global arena.

Feel free to share with us your feedback/ comments communication@femnet.or.ke

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> Click here to Download/ Read the 2015 Annual Report on Women’s Agency, Voice and Participation