The year 2020 marked the end of the first African Women’s Decade (AWD), under the theme “Grassroots Approach to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment,” which had been launched on 15 October 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya. During the AWD 2010–2020, the African continent demonstrated its commitment to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women. It is remarkable that most African countries made significant progress regarding gender equality through the introduction of legal and constitutional tools and institutional gender mechanisms, as well as the development of appropriate conditions for women to evolve. At the same time, it is important to acknowledge that a number of barriers remain and have hindered the implementation of AWD’s goals, including resource-related and socioeconomic constraints; cultural obstacles; electoral violence; gender-based violence (GBV); harmful practices; and restrictions on property ownership. Moreover, the COVID-19 outbreak has disproportionately affected women, leading to further injustice. With this report, Make Every Woman Count’s main goal is to ensure the continuation and evolution of Africa’s discourse on women’s rights beyond the AWD 2010–2020. In this aim, the report provides an analysis of the progress made on the African continent in terms of securing, realising and extending the rights of African women and girls during the AWD 2010–2020.
Key Findings of the African Women's Decade Report (English)
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