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Rekindling the Beijing fire of Revolution…African Women’s Herstory

African women have been at the forefront of influencing and contributing to the global agenda for women’s rights. The 3rd World Conference on Women in Nairobi in 1985 resulted in the adoption of “Nairobi Forward Looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women”, which offered a practical and effective guide for global action for promoting greater equality and opportunity for women. The 4th World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995 chaired by prominent African women, including Mrs. Gertrude Mongella, who alongside other African women, ensured that the globally adopted Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action’s (BDPfA) framework and its 12 Critical Areas of Concern reflected a number of priorities for African women and girls. Indeed, the BDPfA has been described as a progressive policy framework and blueprint for advancing gender equality and women’s rights – notwithstanding, emerging priorities and issues beyond the 12 critical areas of concern.

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