JOU-06/ SOU-78 | GENDER EQUALITY
PRESENTATION OF THE SESSION
UCLG AFRICA/GENDER AND YOUTH DEPARTMENT
One of the major advances with regard to human rights has been to impose in modern societies the principle of gender equality and the recognition of the crucial role of women in the development and prosperity of territories.
Committed to the promotion, strengthening and empowerment of women, many African countries are trying to comply with the AU Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality and the achievement of the agenda 2030 and the 2063 agenda of the African Union. Faced with the changing role of women, States and local authorities are considering legal and political arrangements to enable them to fully enjoy their status as full-fledged actors in the social, economic and cultural development of the continent. Therefore, what instruments could allow the consideration of gender challenges and for what policy?
United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) through its Network of Local Elected Women of Africa (REFELA), initiated, with the support of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and the Council of Municipalities and Regions of Europe, the "Charter of Local Authorities on Gender Equality in Africa" which is intended as a political instrument in favor of the strengthening of women's rights in Africa. This Charter commits the territories to fight all forms of discrimination against women to guarantee their inclusion in the development programs of the cities and territories of Africa. This response from African local authorities deserves, in light of other rights protection mechanisms, consideration beyond mere membership.
The session includes a presentation of the Charter, its principles and its importance as an instrument for equitable governance, and increased participation of women in local management. The session will also be an opportunity to discuss with local elected representatives in Europe their experience of "The European Charter for the equality of women and men in local life”. During this session, African local elected officials will validate the content of the Charter with a view to its adoption at the REFELA General Assembly.