African Feminist Forum statement on the United Nations Reform
Source: African Feminist Forum

Statement of the African Feminist Forum on the New UN Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

November 2006

We, African women from diverse women’s organisations and networks across the continent participating at the African Feminist Forum in Accra Ghana, from November 15 th -19 th 2006 welcome the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Coherence Panel’s recommendations on strengthening the UN’s institutional gender equality and women’s empowerment architecture. We believe that the consolidated agency led by an Under Secretary-General with an ambitious country presence and substantially increased financial and human resources will enable the UN to deliver effectively its mandate for women’s rights, respond to the needs of African women at country level and governments to better address the rights of African women at national and local levels.

We appreciate the establishment by the UN Secretary-General of a Policy Group to consider further the structure of the new women’s organisation. We support and emphasize the Coherence Panel’s recommendation for an open and transparent global search process for the recruitment of the Executive Director of this new entity.

We believe that women’s rights are not optional, and that all efforts to create mechanisms within the UN system for the empowerment of women must be enabled with the necessary resources both human and financial, and with the requisite authority to effect the desired change at all levels including decision making levels. This will signal the importance accorded to women’s rights and empowerment by the UN and its willingness to take bold steps to support the Panel’s recommendation in principle as well as in practice.

Bearing this in mind, we call upon Member States to adopt the Coherence Panel’s recommendations on the women’s rights architecture within the UN system as a demonstration of their political will to bridge the tremendous gap between rhetoric and practice.

We also call upon the UN Secretary-General to do the following:

Ensure that the definition of the mandate of the new entity has a relevance to the needs and concerns of all African women.

Ensure that the Policy Group set up an open and inclusive process to consult with African women’s rights groups and include their perspectives in shaping the structure of the women’s entity.

Ensure that the new entity is allocated adequate human and financial resources and that these considerations should not be subjected to the will of donors, nor should they be resourced exclusively from voluntary contributions, but also from assessed contributions of Member States.


Participants at the African Feminist Forum

AFF Working Group

Ms. Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi
Ms. Bop Codou
Ms. Hope Chigudu
Ms. Ayesha Imam
Ms. Demere Kitunga
Dr. Bene Madunagu
Ms. Sarah Mukasa
Dr. Sylvia Tamale
Ms. Lynne Wanyeki
Ms. Shamilla Wilson
South Africa
Ms. Everjoice Win

Ms. Justine Nkurunziza

Democratic Republic of the Congo:
Ms. Angelique Yohari

Ms. Fatou Sow

Ms. Olajumoke O Ajayi
Ms. Ann Dela Amoah
Ms. Emelia Arthur
Ms. Jennifer Baffour-Awuah
Ms. Charity Binka
Ms. Rita Coker
Ms. Dorcas Coker-Appiah
Ms. Kathy Cusack
Ms. Angela Dwamena-Aboagye
Ms. Hamida Harrison
Ms. Afua Hesse
Ms Abena Karikari
Prof. Takyiwaa Manuh
Ms. Rose Mensah-Kutin
Dr Juliet Tuakli

Ms. Saida Ali Mohamed
Ms Nyambura Gathumbi
Ms. Jean Njeri Kamau
Ms. Faiza Mohamed
Ms. Roselynn Musa
Ms. Mary Wandia
Ms. Wangari Kinoti
Ms. Aminetou Mint El Moctar

Ms.Gladys Mutukwa

The Netherlands:
Ms. Josephine Abahujinkindi


Ms. Abiola Afolabi
Ms. Uju Agbanu-Obiora
Ms. Mairo Bello
Ms. Olubunmi Dipo-Salami
Ms. Ukeme-Obong Ekong
Ms. Rosalie Gould
Ms Ngozi Iwere
Community Life Project
Ms. Asma'u Joda
Ms. Olutoyin Mejiuni
Obafemi Awolowo)
Ms. Iheoma Obibi
Ms. Oluyemisi Obilade
Ms. Chibogu Obinwa
Ms. Emilia Okon
Ms. Theresa Okpa
Ms. Grace Osakue
Ms. Titilope Rasheedat Salaam

Ms. Aminata Dieye
Koumba Toure

South Africa:
Ms Pregaluxmi Govender
Ms. Prudence Mabele
Ms. Pravina Makan-Lakha
Ms. Zanele Muholi
Ms. Dipela Mondi
Ms. Ann Marie Nassali
Ms.Olukemi Williams

Dr. Marjorie Mbilinyi
Salma Maoulidi

Ms. Marren Akatsa-Bukachi
Ms. Solome Nakaweesi-Kimbugwe
Ms. Maude Mugisha
Ms. Stella Mukasa
Ms. Patricia Munabi-Babiiha
Ms. Jessica Nkuuhe
Ms. Achola Odido

United Kingdom:
Ms. Jessica Horn
Ms. Zeedah Meierhofer-Mangeli
Dr. Funmi Olonissakin
Ms. Ndeye Sow
Ms. Theodosia Sowa
United States of America:
Prof. Abena Busia
Ms. Marie- Danielle
Ms.Muadi Mukenge

Ms. Nancy Kachingwe
Ms. Isabella
Theresa Mugadza

Ms. Olufunmilayo Balogun-Alexander
Ms Florence Butegwa
Ms. Elizabeth Lwanga
Ms Zo Randriamaro
Dr.Hilda Tadria

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