As part of its reinforced commitment towards the realization of the African Union Agenda 2063, the African Peer Review Mechanism is set to collaborate with the African Development Bank as its longstanding strategic partners as well as the Government of the Republic of Rwanda to host the Global Gender Summit 2019, themed; “Strengthening the Nexus between Gender, Governance and Peace-building.”
The Global Gender Summit is slated to take place from the 25th – 27th of November at the Kigali Convention Centre, Republic of Rwanda.
Despite its mandate of monitoring and evaluating the implementation of Agenda 2063 and SDGs 2030, both addressing the question of Gender equality and Women Empowerment, the APRM has joined other institutions this year, in Advocating for Human Rights and specifically Women and Girls Rights in a time where economic opportunities and development are being raged by conflicts and wars spread around the continent.
On the 27th of November, which is the last day of the Global Gender Summit, the APRM will be co-hosting a session on “Strengthening the nexus between Gender, Governance and Peace-building”.
Th APRM Gender Forum, on the sideline of the Global Gender Summit, is therefore a platform that will allow conversations around the work and experience of the APRM along with its member states and partners in relation to the promotion of gender equality, peace and safety for the actualization of sustainable development.
The APRM Gender Forum; consisting of a one-day interactive session and thematic panel discussions, will follow the development of a Study on Gender by a consultant. The Study will be presented at the Forum for validation and will also substantiate some of the discussions.
The overall objectives of the forum will be to;
- Assess Progress made in Silencing the Guns by 2020 on the continent
- Identify challenges and solutions around effort made in promoting Peace and Security, Human Rights and Gender Equality for sustainable development;
- Sensitize stakeholders (Media, Civil Societies organization, public and Private institutions, etc..) about the mechanisms in place to prevent conflicts and safeguard gender equality;
- Encourage Women’s participation in the private and public space as well as in leadership roles notably to influence peace-building and lead to greater equality;
- Inspire all AU member countries to ratify and domesticate standards and codes on Human and Women’s Rights as well as Peace and Security to enable a sustainable environment for economic growth and development.
The summit is also expected to provide;
- A comprehensive analytical, peer reviewed and validated APRM Study report.
- A draft strategy for silencing the guns and protecting the citizens, especially Women and girls.
- An APRM draft framework and action plan for the integration of missing Gender dimensions considering Peace and Security, within APRM processes and review instruments.
The Forum will be a global event with the participation of Civil Societies organizations, International development partners, high government officials, RECs, NGOs, youth, Member States and non-member States, public and private sector at large.