Are Women’s Human Rights Shared Values of the African Union?
an article by Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS)
The 17th Pre-Summit of the Gender is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) focused on the three key pillars of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 - Protection, Prevention and Participation of women in peace processes - with a special consideration of women´s situation in Côte d’Ivoire
Participants of the 17th GIMAC Pre-Summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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The 17th Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the African Union, a shadow event of the AU Summit organized by the GIMAC, a network of more than 40 Civil Society Organizations, took place from the 24 to 26 January 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
This meeting, coordinated by Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) in partnership with the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice), the International Labor Organization, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and UN Women, focused on three current and vital issues that must be considered when discussing and establishing consensus on Shared Values in the African context: Elimination of Violence against Women; Gender and Climate Change/Climate Justice; and Gender and Social Economy.
Also, the GIMAC network discussed the Protection of women in conflict countries as Côte d’Ivoire, through sessions on Violence against Women; and the participation of women in peace processes, through a training in techniques on negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution for women. After three days meeting, a document comprising the most vital recommendations of the 17th GIMAC Pre-Summit was brought to the African Union Summit .
Also, the second report on the Evaluation of the Implementation of the Solemn Declaration in Gender Equality in Africa, commissioned by FAS, which show the progress made by states and governments on gender mainstreaming in their countries, was launched in presence of Ms. Michelle Bachelet, UN Women Executive Director.
Question(s) related to this article:
Do women have a special role to play in the peace movement?,
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Janet Hudgins has called our attention to the following excellent discussion piece by Mairead Maguire of the Nobel Womens Initiative.
BLOG: “Peace is possible” writes Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire
May 24, 2013
Mairead Maguire won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her efforts in bringing an end to violence in Northern Ireland. Soon after, she founded the organization Peace People and continues to work in nonviolent peace movements. Mairead is hosting the Nobel Women’s Initiative’s fourth biennial conference, Moving Beyond Militarism & War: Women-driven solutions for a nonviolent world.
I passionately believe peace is possible, and that it is possible for the human family to move beyond militarism and war. Indeed, it is already happening because millions of us have already rejected the ‘bomb and the bullet’ and all the techniques of violence and are working to build a world based on the values of love, equality and dignity for all.
People of the world do not want war. We have had enough of this wastage of human resources and intelligence in feeding the death machinery of militarism while children die of starvation and poverty. These are not the ‘values’ we want to live by, and the human family, particularly women, are uniting our voices as a powerful force to say ‘no’ no more of these destructive policies of bad governance and governments not acting in good faith.
Ten years ago, in February 2003, millions of people around the world said ‘no’ to the Iraqi war and occupation, and since then millions around the world have protested against unjust government regimes, demanding dignity, demilitarization, development, and democracy. These massive peoples movements, for the most part peaceful, are being repressed by government forces whose policies of ongoing militarism, war, inequality and injustice, are being challenged by courageous individuals and global protests of solidarity by civil community, both locally and internationally.
What unites these people’s movements is a new ‘consciousness’ that a good life, with dignity, freedom, fairness and human security, is their right - and by the law of love and logic, the right of every man and woman.
There is more awareness in the age of increased education and advanced communications that we live in a very rich world with enough for everyone’s need, but not for everyone’s greed. This increased awareness of social, economic and political injustice which is destroying so many people’s lives, is creating deep anger and frustration resulting in non-violent revolution and protest movements to change repressive and unjust systems.
We have seen the Arab ‘spring’ in the Middle East, but also the rise of the ‘Occupy movements’ protesting the quest for profit and perpetual financial growth which has enriched a tiny minority, while causing hardships, despair and devastation particularly amongst the marginalized and poor . . ...more.