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Mid-Term Report of the African Women's Decade 2010-2020

"MEWC’s Annual Review of the AWD evaluates the progress, or lack thereof, being made to include and promote the rights of women at country, regional, and Pan-African levels.


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The main goal of the African Women's Decade is to enhance the implementation of African Union countries’ commitments related to gender equality and women’s empowerment and to support activities resulting in tangible positive change for African women at all levels.

The objective of the AWD monitoring program is to hold African governments accountable to the commitments they made to gender equity in policy decisions in the context of the African Union’s African Women’s Decade.

In order to fulfill this objective, MEWC publishes a report during each year of the AWD that summarizes the status of women in each country in Africa and the progress, or lack thereof, made towards the goals of the AWD.

MEWC aims to publish an annual report throughout the 10-year duration of the African Women’s Decade to provide an overview of status of women's rights in Africa.  It is important to keep track of countries progress with regards to gender equality in Africa for several reasons:

  1. To monitor progress being made on the continent, in general and in each country over the period of the Decade
  2. To offer evidence of best practice of enhancing gender equality and the human rights of women
  3. It is a way of monitoring progress achieved on the continent and will thus function as a resource for accessing developments throughout the decade.
  4. Furthermore, the report can function as an incentive for countries to improve their efforts in the areas of gender equality and the human rights of women.

For the Mid-Term report, we have tried as much as possible to gather information/data over the last five years since the launch of the decade to give an idea of the progress, or lack of progress being made in every country in Africa in relation to formal commitments made to improve the rights of women at national and regional level"

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Executive Summary

Inspired by the launch of the African Women’s Decade (AWD) in 2010 and by the Beijing Platform for Action, an outcome of the 1995 Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women, which recommended the creation of me chanisms to monitor gender equality and the advancement of women, MEWC’ s Annual Review of the AWD evaluates the progress, or lack thereof, being made to include and promote the rights of women at country, regional, and Pan - African levels.

The main goal of the AWD is to enhance the implementation of African Union countries’ commitments related to gender equality and women’s empowerment and to support activities resulting in tangible positive change for African women at all levels.

The decade emphasis es a grassroots, approach to development and leaders have encouraged women and those that advocate for them to take ownership of the decade and seize it as an opportunity for sharing effective strategies .

In spite of these laudable goals, MEWC identified an info rmation vacuum following the initial launch of the AWD and could not find any evidence that progress, or lack thereof, towards the decade’s goals was going to be assessed systematically.

Concerned that the critical issues confronting African women were qui ckly returning to the shadows, MEWC embraced the principles of the AWD and stepped up to the challenge of tracking results and demanding that long overdue attention to gender parity in Africa not become derailed.

This is achieved by presenting each country on the continent with a background and a presentation of progress and developments made within different areas during each year of the African Women’s Decade 2010 - 2020 .

We evaluate d each of the levels around our central gender issues: Women, Peace and S ecurity; Violence Against Women; Political Participation and Leadership; Economic Empowerment; Education; HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health.

The report is divided into sections according to regional visions of the African continent, and then reports on ea ch country are presented individually. Countri es are classified by regions based on the United Nations country grouping.

For the Mid-Term report, we have tried as much as possible to gather information/data over the last five years since the launch of the decade to give an idea of the progress , or lack of progress being made in every country in Africa in rel ation to formal commitments made to improve the rights of women at national and regional level .

The data and information in this rep ort came from credi ble sources such as the UN, World Bank, World Economic Forum, Inter - Parliamentary Union to give you a good overview of the situation on the continent.

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