“Local Power and Women’s Rights – Gender Perspectives on Decentralisation Processes” – a VENRO report

VENRO website. This report demonstrates the different experiences made by representatives of European and African civil society (mainly from Germany, Uganda and Cameroon) participating in a workshop organised by VENRO in November 2009 and presents the results of the discussion. Experience from civil society and politics shows that there is still a long way to go before gender equality is achieved not only in writing but also in its practical implementation. This applies equally to Europe and to Africa. The jointly formulated demands of African and European Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) representatives show the concrete need for politicians to take action. They demonstrate how important it is to define the implementation of gender equality as a key priority in the context of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES). If the African Union (AU) wishes to reach its goal of a 50 percent rate of women’s involvement in politics by 2020, action has to be taken now. The implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action so far shows that the European Union (EU) has a lot to catch up on in this respect, too.

Read the full report here.

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