Young Women and the Demographic Dividend: Advocacy Brief

Several discourses on youth and the demographic dividend tend to focus on and be dominated by young men. Young women remain absent in discussions on youth development, with their voices considered peripheral and their bodies constructed as sites to be acted on through policy prescriptions developed by others for them. Yet, youth like all other […]

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The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (also known as the SDGs) unanimously adopted in September 2015 by the 193 Member States of the United Nations ushered in a new era of hope in achieving the sustainable Future We Want for ALL. One that Leaves No One Behind! Goal number 5 of the 17 Goals promises […]

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‘Making Agenda 2063 work for African Women, a side event hosted by the ECA in the margins of the Ministers of Finance meeting took place on March 28th in Addis. One of the panelists was our very own Nebila Abdulmelik, Head of Communications. Download and read her entire intervention, which also makes concrete recommendations with regards to […]

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EXCERPT The Declaration passed at this year’s CSW did not, even once mention the term Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights as some delegations feel that this is too controversial. Is it really controversy to save the lives of women through providing them with needed services guaranteed by a human rights framework? What is controversial […]

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During the pre-CSW preparatory meeting that took place in Addis from 6-8th February 2014, FEMNET presented its position on the Common Africa Position (CAP) which was adopted during the Heads of State Summit in Addis in January. In this presentation, we identify some of the positive aspects of CAP as well as some of the […]

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Thank you for the floor Chair. I am Nebila Abdulmelik with FEMNET and the Womens Major Group speaking on Africa. I hope that we all appreciate this tall task considering the diversity of realities across and within the more than 50 states that make up this beautiful continent. As the brief mentioned, Africa is home […]

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On 25th July 2013, a Roundtable discussion spearheaded by IEWM and co-organized in partnership with CCN-Kenya, PACJA and FEMNET, resulted in key recommendations and immediate actions to advance the gender balance decision (23/CP18) as adopted by Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the eighteenth session of the Conference of […]

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