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SOLIDARITY DAY OF ACTION TO #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS TO TAKE PLACE ACROSS AFRICA ON THURSDAY, MAY 15

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In Solidarity

The African Women’s Development and Communication Network, FEMNET, has called on hundreds of its members across over 40 African countries to organize and mobilize peaceful demonstrations at Nigerian Embassies around the continent on Thursday, 15th May 2014, also the International Day of the Family, to express pan-African solidarity with the abducted Nigerian school girls, their families and their loved ones. May 15th marks one month since the girls were abducted.

Actions are being organized simultaneously around the continent to express concern over the slow response of the Nigerian government and demand the immediate and safe return of the 276 girls as well as at least eight more who were subsequently abducted. These follow a series of atrocities by Boko Haram, which include a bombing that killed of over 300 last week as well as abductions and killing of school going youth in previous months.

Upon the safe return of the girls, we call for the commitment of the Nigerian government, among others, to provide psychosocial support, to rebuild the schools and reaffirm the girl’s rights to safety, security and education as a process of restoring their dignity. Calls are also being made for urgent action by fellow African governments, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) the African Union (AU) and the United Nations (UN) to substantively support immediate and long term interventions to address the underlying systemic issues.

In light of this, all citizens of conscience are invited to join in the solidarity day of action on Thursday, May 15, 2014 to speak out against increasing fundamentalisms and oppressive systems of patriarchy and domination that perpetuate injustice.

In Kenya, the Africa UNiTE Kenya Chapter, Akili Dada, Equality Now, the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition and FEMNET will be leading a peaceful march to the Nigerian High Commission commencing at Freedom Corner, Uhuru Park at 9AM. Participants are asked to wear something red in solidarity and support for Nigeria.

Pan-African Expressions and Marches of Solidarity are taking place across the continent.

Cameroon. Cote D’Ivoire. Egypt.  Ghana. Liberia. Mauritius. Madagascar. Seychelles. Senegal. Sudan. Tanzania. Togo. Uganda. Zambia. Zimbabwe.

Take action:

Sign the letters to Nigerian government officials as well as other policy makers here.

Join us online – see social media messages and mapping here.

If in Nairobi, join us in person on Thursday, May 15th.

FEMNET Statement on Abduction of Girls in Chibok, Nigeria

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WOMEN GRAB THE REINS OF DEMOCRACY / LES FEMMES ARRACHENT LES RENES DE LA DEMOCRATIE

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WOMEN GRAB THE REINS OF DEMOCRACY

Africa has an unprecedented number of female presidential contestants in 2011-2012:
Cameroon: Kah Walla
Egypt: Bothaina Kamel
Kenya: Hon. Martha Karua
Senegal: Prof. Amsatou Sow Sidibe
Zambia: Hon. Edith Nawakwi

Simultaneously we have seen a regression in the proportion of women in Parliament in several member states such as Nigeria, Namibia and Botswana. Are States doing enough to ensure gender parity at all levels of political participation?

Article 29 of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections & Governance (2007) states that:
1. State Parties shall recognize the crucial role of women in development and strengthening of democracy.
2. State Parties shall create the necessary conditions for full and active participation of women in the decision-making processes and structures at all levels as a fundamental element in the promotion and exercise of a democratic culture.
3. State Parties shall take all possible measures to encourage the full and active participation of women in the electoral process and ensure gender parity in representation at all levels, including legislatures.

In commemoration of Democracy Day
September 15th, 2011
http://www.femnet.or.ke

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LES FEMMES ARRACHENT LES RENES DE LA DEMOCRATIE

L’Afrique a un nombre sans précédent de femmes candidates présidentielles en 2011-2012:
Cameroun: Kah Walla
Egypte: Bothaina Kamel
Kenya: Hon. Martha Karua
Sénégal: Prof. Amsatou Sow Sidibe
Zambie: Hon. Edith Nawakwi

Au même moment, nous avons vu une régression dans la proportion des femmes au Parlement dans plusieurs Etats membres tels que le Nigeria, la Namibie et le Botswana. Les Etats sont-ils en train de faire assez pour garantir la parité sexuelle à tous les niveaux de participation politique?

L’Article 29 de la Charte Africaine sur la Démocratie, les Elections & la Gouvernance (2007) stipule que:
1. Les Etats partis reconnaîtront le rôle crucial de la femme dans le développement et dans le renforcement de la démocratie.
2. Les Etats partis créeront les conditions nécessaires à la pleine et active participation de la femme aux processus et structures de prise de décisions à tous les niveaux en tant qu’élément fondamental dans la promotion et dans l’exercice d’une culture démocratique.
3. Les Etats partis prendront toutes les mesures possibles pour encourager la pleine et active participation de la femme au processus électoral et garantir la parité sexuelle dans la représentation à tous les niveaux, y compris les législatures.

En commémoration de la Journée de la Démocratie
Le 15 septembre 2011
http://www.femnet.or.ke