The Africa Women Want Beyond 2015’
Since the adoption of the MDGs in 2000, Africa has registered impressive economic growth. However, Individual countries have not translated these economic gains into inclusive and equitable growth with human security at the center. According to the MDG Report 2013, Africa is off track on the goals to: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger (Goal 1), Reduce child mortality (Goal 4); Improve maternal health (Goal 5); Ensure environmental sustainability (Goal 7); and develop a global partnership for development (Goal 8). Failure to accelerate progress on the above goals has had dire implications on human security, particularly for women and girls including their health, economic, food, political, environmental, community and personal security.
‘The Post 2015 Agenda is a critical issue for African citizens and civil society organizations at every level and more so, for African women, youth and other marginalized groups. As a result, it is critical that women organizations across Africa ensure that the Post 2015 consultations are driven, influenced and shaped by the voices and experiences of the millions of African citizens who often go unheard.’
Recognizing this, especially at this critical moment where the Post MDG development framework is being negotiated, FEMNET in conjunction with other organizations working on women’s rights including Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD), Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), Association of African Women for Research and Development (AAWORD/AFARD), Equality Now, Gender Links, Ipas Africa Alliance, Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR), Women in Law and Development (WiLDAF) and World YWCA have held a series of consultations at regional level to capture the voices of African women and their vision for Africa beyond 2015. The outcomes of these consultations overwhelmingly show that women of Africa call upon African governments to prioritize:-
1. A transformative goal on gender equality built on the premise of a human rights approach to development that seeks to:-
a) End all forms of sexual and gender based violence faced by all women and girls by 2030;
b) Ensure women and girls have access to, control over and ownership of productive resources including land, credit, energy, information and technology;
c) Ensure 50% representation of women in decision – making across all sectors by 2030; and
d) Recognition, redistribution and remuneration for unpaid care work for women and girls
2. Eliminate legal, social and economic barriers that prevent women and girls from accessing their sexual and reproductive health rights as well as integrated services.
3. Gender mainstreaming throughout all proposed goals that would lead to social, economic and environmental transformation, achieved through identifying specific gender targets as well as disaggregated gender sensitive indicators that would curb the persistence of gender inequalities, discrimination and unequal development progress between women and men, girls and boys.