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.
The Commonwealth Businesswomen's Network (CBWN) held a one-day meeting in Johannesburg focusing on Gender and NEPAD. The gathering, which was attended by African businesswomen and non-governmental organisations, expressed the concern that women in Africa have little knowledge about the issues, implementation or implications of NEPAD. Participants also noted that the NEPAD framework does not accurately reflect women's contributions to African nations in the economic, agricultural, social, political or security arenas.
African Women's Development and Communications Network (FEMNET) in partnership with the Association for Progressive Communications APC-Africa-Women is hosting an e-mail discussion on African women and NEPAD. The discussion is in French and English.
On 11 July 2003, the African Union adopted the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, a supplementary protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, which was adopted in 1981. Advancing the human rights of African women through creative, substantive and detailed language, the new Protocol covers a broad range of human rights issues.
Women in Africa continue to face enormous obstacles. The growing recognition of their contributions has not translated into significantly improved access to resources or increased decision-making powers. Neither has the dynamism that women display in the economic, cultural and social lives of their communities through their associations and informal networks been channeled into creating new models of participation and leadership. This article provides an introduction to the situation of african women and their role in development.
The GERA programme is a pan-African research and advocacy programme established in 1996 by women from across Africa in order to influence economic policies and decision-making processes in Africa from a gender perspective.
This paper looks at the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) to assess its adequacy in recognizing and addressing gender issues. Since NEPAD has a special interest in programmes to create better conditions for development, in terms of improved democratic process, good governance and human rights, the paper takes a special interest in whether gender issues are addressed within these conditions for development.
"In principle NEPAD is much in favour of equal rights for women, but in practice it proposes almost nothing in the form of action to realise these principles," according to this paper authored by Sara Hlupekile Longwe, a feminist consultant and chairperson of the African Women's Development and Communications Network (FEMNET), that discusses how women's gender issues have been ignored in the framework of NEPAD.
Africa will not be able to meet its goals of sustainable development without an empowered, educated, and integrated female population. This site keeps information on African development and women with links to the main information resources on the topic.
African women attending the 7th African Regional Meeting on the Review of the Dakar and Beijing Conferences (Beijing + 10) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 6-14 October, 2004, expressed satisfaction with the efforts of the African Union (AU) and NEPAD to ensure that all their policies, programmes and practices are inclusive and engendered. Ms Litha Musyimi-Ogana, NEPAD Gender and Civil Society advisor who presented a paper on " Gender Responsiveness of NEPAD."
This presentation, developed for a panel on the NEPAD convened by Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF), states that NEPAD's intention to address the developmental needs of African women is not well reflected in the NEPAD's proposed actions, and it is therefore unclear how the NEPAD's proposed actions can indeed achieve the stated objectives and goals vis a vis African women.