18th Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the AU

Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 20:00 to Monday, June 27, 2011 - 20:00
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
General Women, Peace and Security
Femmes Africa Solidarite

Civil Society Organizations will advise AU Member States on how youth can contribute to sustainable development and peace and security in Africa

The 18th GIMAC Pre-Summit, a Shadow Event to the African Union Summit, will focus on the key issues affecting the youths in Africa and will bring recommendations at the AU Head of States Summit.

The 18th Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the African Union (AU), a shadow event of the AU Summit organized by the Gender is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC), a network of more than 50 Civil Society Organizations, will take place the 27th and 28th of June in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea in CEMAC Parliament (Parliament States of Central Africa).

Please read more about the event here.

Event Details

This meeting, organized by Femmes Africa Solidarite (FAS) in partnership with the Gender Cluster of the Economic Social and Cultural Council of AU (ECOSOCC-AU) and with the support of the Minister of Social Affairs and Women Promotion of Equatorial Guinea, the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice (MRFCJ) and the International Labor Organization (ILO), will provide a chance for stakeholders and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to deliberate on how young people can contribute to peace and security, socio-economic growth and sustainable development on the continent.

Concretely, the GIMAC network will focus on “Accelerating Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development” discussing about the issues that affect young women with emphasis on Violence against Women in Conflict and Post-conflict Situations, Gender and Climate Change/Climate Justice and Gender and Social Economy. A session will be devoted to the AU Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) with a view of highlighting the role of the gender cluster and updates on current issues. Important personalities will take place in these debates as Ms Eulalia Envo Bela, Minister of Women's Promotion in Equatorial Guinea and Ms Bineta Diop, FAS Executive Director and recently named as one of the 100 most important people in the world by TIMA Magazine.

This is an opportunity for civil society organizations in Africa to come together, to develop a common agenda, to advocate to governments and the African Union for accelerated and increased action on existing commitments, and to monitor and evaluate the progress being made on gender mainstreaming.

After two days meeting, a document comprising the most vital recommendations of the 18th GIMAC Pre-Summit will be brought by an advocacy delegation of GIMAC to the AU Head of States Summit (30 June and 1st July). Therefore, the Pre-Summit Meeting will provide a key platform and window of visibility to carry the GIMAC network's recommendations to the highest levels of AU debate and discussion. In addition, women from the frontline of conflict realities, high-level spokeswomen, UN NGO representatives and regional campaign networks from Africa will contribute to the deliberations and recommendations


A press Conference will take place on Tuesday 28 June 2011 at 10.30 a.m in the Parliament of the CEMAC.

For media inquiries please contact in Malabo:
Maria Berenguer
Tel.in Malabo : + 240 222 053 440
Email : acommunicationdk@fasngo.org

Or Moussa Diop
Tel. In Malabo: + 240 222 044 965
Email : communicationdk@fasngo.org

For further information, please visit FAS website www.fasngo.org
For further information on the last GIMAC please click http://www.fasngo.org/17th-GIMAC-Pre-Summit.html