AU, UN Women Renew Commitment to Advance Gender Equality in Africa

The African Union Commission’s Women, Gender and Youth Directorate (WGYD) in collaboration with UN Women Eastern and Southern Africa and the UN Women Liaison Office to the AU agreed on drafting a joint Framework aligned with the African Union and the UN Women strategic gender priorities for Africa, Official press release confirmed.

The AU’s press release states that the Framework will take into account both UN Women’s expertise and mandate as the world’s leading advocate for women and girls, as well as the AU’s special positioning and access to African policymakers at the highest levels across the continent.

It is aligned with both organization strategies on gender equality, in particular the WGYD Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Strategy and the UN Women Agenda 2030.

The participants also agreed on five key areas that should be included in the new ‘AU-UN Women Collaborative Framework’, particularly: Programmatic support on GEWE; Challenges at the Operational Level; Resources; Support, and Opportunities.

According to the official press release, the three-day meeting served as a platform for the AUC and UN Women to strengthen their strategic partnership on gender equality and women’s empowerment in Africa over the course of the next five years.

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