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As you may know, the 20 year review of the Beijing Platform for Action, a landmark moment and declaration for the rights of women and girls is underway.

A statement read by FEMNET at the Beijing Conference in 1995 signified the Vision for African women. “Our vision is that we the African women will reclaim, reconstruct, and transform Africa, on the basis of gender equality, giving credence to the principles of democracy and human rights; mobilising and utilising human and other resources; and take our rightful place in the global arena, on the basis of equality with other nations, from now into the future, in partnership with our men, girls and boys.”[2]

Countries and regions have been undergoing reviews and submitting reports, with civil society organizing and submitting regional shadow reports. 51 African member states have submitted their reports.

The inter-ministerial meeting for Africa will take place at UNECA in Addis from the 17-19 November. Prior to that, CSOs will be convening from 14-16th November. Please join us as we engage online.

Please find a Beijing+20 Social Media Toolkit with sample twitter messages and targets. Kindly make use of it – and forward to your communication focal points please. The hashtags we’ll be using are #Beijing20 (to link to global conversations on the BPfA, and #TheAfricaWeWant to tie it into our Africa regional perspectives.

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