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Press Release: ISS congratulates the women of Africa on the launch of the African Women
15 October 2010


Dr. Cheryl Hendricks
Senior Research Fellow
Security Sector Governance Programme
Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria
Tel: 012 346 9500

ISS congratulates the women of Africa on the launch of the African Women`s Decade (2010-2020) on Friday 15 October 2010.

Pretoria 15 October 2010 - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) extends heartfelt best wishes to the African women on the launch of the African Women`s Decade (2010-2020) and affirms its commitment to advancing gender equality and African women`s empowerment by 2020.

The launch of the African Women`s Decade (2010-2020), held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya on Friday 15 October 2010, calls for more concerted efforts to accelerate the implementation of agreed policy frameworks that aim to improve the situation and condition of women in Africa as articulated in various declarations, protocols and conventions on gender equality, women`s empowerment and women`s participation in conflict prevention, conflict resolution and peace building, as adopted by the African Union.

The proposal for an African Women`s Decade (2010-2020) was initiated by African Ministers of Gender and Women Affairs at their meeting held in Maseru, Lesotho in March 2008. The idea was adopted in February 2009 by the African Union`s 12th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

During the 8th Regional Meeting of Ministers in charge of Gender and Women`s Affairs held in Banjul, Gambia in 2009, the road map for the African Women`s Decade activities was adopted.

The main objectives of the African`s Women`s Decade (2010-2020) are to create awareness and mobilise continental support and political will, reinvigorate commitments in implementing agreed decisions on gender commitments, mobilise resources in implementing the Decade`s goals, as well as energise the African women`s movement with a focus on youth and grassroots women leaders. Ten thematic areas have been identified for the next decade and emphasis on each theme will be highlighted annually:

1. Fighting poverty and promoting economic empowerment of women and entrepreneurship
2. Agriculture and food security
3. Health, maternal mortality and HIV/AIDS
4. Education, science and technology
5. Environment, climate change and sustainable development
6. Peace and security and violence against women
7. Governance and legal protection
8. Finance and gender budgeting
9. Women in decision making
10. Young women`s movement.

For more information on African Women`s Decade (2010-2020), visit the website

About the ISS:

The Institute for Security of Studies (ISS) is a pan-African applied policy research institute headquartered in Pretoria, South Africa with offices in Cape Town, South Africa, Nairobi, Kenya and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ISS is a think tank working in the area of African human security. It seeks to mainstream human security perspectives into public policy processes and to influence decision makers within Africa and beyond. The objective of the Institute is to add critical balance and objectivity by providing timely, empirical research and contextual analysis of relevant human security issues to policy makers, area specialists, advocacy groups, and the media.