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)

Addis Ababa, 24th August, 2017: The 4th Acting On The Call (AOTC) conference started on the 24th August 2017 at the African Union, Addis Ababa Ethiopia with a theme “Overcoming Critical Barriers to Maternal and Child Survival”. The AOTC conference which is hosted by the governments of Ethiopia and India gathered more than 500 participants from 24 countries and held in the presence of the President of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, Ministers and high level policymakers from the public and private sectors, NGOs and UN agencies including UN Women, UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO. 

MEWC’s Annual Review of the African Women’s Decade (AWD) aimsto evaluate theprogress, or lack thereof, being made to include and promote the rights of women at country, regional, and Pan-African levels.

This was achieved by presenting each country on the continent with a background and a presentation of progress and developments made within different areas during each year of the
African Women’s Decade 2010-2020.

We evaluate each of the levels around our central gender issues: Women, Peace and Security; Violence Against Women; Political Participation and Leadership; Economic Empowerment; Education; HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health; and Human Rights of Women.

The report is divided into sections according to regional visions of the African continent, and then reports on each country are presented individually. Countries are classified by region based on the United Nations country grouping
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