NEPAD & Gender

In a paper by Sara Hlupekile Longwe on how gender issues (i.e. women's human rights) have been ignored in NEPAD the author concludes that despite the fine expression of gender principles, NEPAD's expression of gender goals is very vague and lacking. There is an overall 'long term objective' to 'promote the role of women in all activities’, which is vague to the point of meaninglessness. There is a 'goal' to 'make progress towards gender equality and empowering women by eliminating gender disparities in the enrolment in primary and secondary education by 2005'.

This latter goal of 'gender equality and empowering women' is not merely a goal, but also includes the intervention strategy of more schooling for women. There is no explanation of how the intervention relates to the goal, let alone the relevance of this strategy in societies where women are up against barriers of legalized discrimination.

From the earlier expression of fine principles, the goals have faded away to almost nothing, with no observable logical connection. Completely missing from the goals is any intention to increase women's representation in parliament, government and top decision-making positions. This is despite clear commitments both in the African Platform and in the Beijing Platform which endorses the UN Economic and Social Council guideline of 30% women in top decision making positions.

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