Sixth African Development Forum set to tackle Gender Inequality

Over 500 stakeholders representing African governments, civil society, academia, media, bilateral partners, regional and international organizations will convene

at the Sixth African Development Forum (ADF VI) in Addis Ababa from 19-21 November 2008 .

Jointly organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), African Union (AU) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Development Forum is a multi-stakeholder platform for debating, discussing and initiating concrete strategies for Africa’s development.

This edition of ADF will focus on “Action on gender equality, women’s empowerment and ending violence against women”, not only drawing on the participation of those traditionally involved with these issues such as ministers of gender and women affairs, social development and health, and non-governmental organizations, but also African ministers of defence, foreign affairs, finance, justice, environment, police and security forces, selected parliamentarians, and representatives of Regional Economic Communities. Special attention has also been given to the participation of community-based organizations, as the organizers say; this drive will “draw on grassroots’ initiatives and experiences.”

With the aim of identifying practical and concrete actions on gender equality, women’s empowerment and ending violence against women, ADF VI will focus on the following thematic areas: Violence against women; HIV and AIDS; Health and reproductive rights; Education, training and skills development; Migration; Governance, conflict, peace and security; Employment, markets and trade; Food security; Land and property rights; Gender and ICTs; Climate change, water, sanitation and energy; and Financing for gender equality.

In line with the UN Secretary-General’s Campaign to End Violence Against Women, launched in February 2008, ADF VI will give prominence to the elimination of violence against women as a major impediment to social and economic development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).{linkr:related;keywords:news;limit:5;title:Related Articles}

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