FEMNET alongside its regional and global members is rolling out spirited processes to enliven the United Nations 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SDGs make an audacious promise to “leave no one behind” in ending all forms of poverty, fighting, inequalities and tackling climate change. FEMNET promises not to leave any woman behind as the SDGs take center-stage to delivering equality across the globe!
Women’s rights organizations on the fore-front of expanding emancipation and empowerment spaces for women in Africa must be on the alert to keep the SDGs in focus. Fundamental reference must be maintained as we pull up our women one by one. How do we track and measure progress? How do they complement existing commitments on women’s rights such as Beijing Platform for Action, CEDAW and the AU Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol)?
The SDGs are our golden opportunity to significantly bridge the gaps of inequalities. Ownership of the process is critical and so is resource support, accessibility to information and timely data collection
In this pilot phase, FEMNET in partnership with Amplify Change and Hivos Southern Africa is strengthening the capacities of her members in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe who are working on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues (SRHR) to empower them to engage their policymakers in implementing the provisions articulated in the 2030 SDGs Agenda Goal Numbers 3, 5 and 10. More substantive information is available here; “Briefing on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainbale Development”
For FEMNET, the SDGs train has already left the station! The journey to lift up women from across Africa has begun with unrelenting zeal. On May 31st to June 2nd 2016, FEMNET collaborated with the Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre and NGO Gender Coordination Network to enhance the capacities of over 40 gender advocates in Malawi. The training resulted in increased knowledge and analytical skills on SRHR obligations enshrined in the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and linking to the existing regional and national polices.
FEMNET members who were trained will continue to collectively and individually track progress and engage their duty bearers at different levels on SRHR commitments during the implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The next stop will be Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique.
In the SDGs Agenda 2030, no woman will be left behind!