Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 2004

Sectors : Gender and political agency, Gender and economic opportunity, Gender and social development, Women's rights, Primary and basic education
Organisation : AU
Date made: 
2004
Level: 
Heads Of State

Commitments in: Gender - Gender and political agency

“We, the Heads of State and Government of Member States of the African Union...

...HEREBY AGREE TO:
...2. Ensure the full and effective participation and representation of women in peace process including the prevention, resolution, management of conflicts and post-conflict reconstruction in Africa as stipulated in UN Resolution 1325 (2000) and to also appoint women as Special Envoys and Special Representatives of the African Union;"

Scope: 
Africa

“We, the Heads of State and Government of Member States of the African Union...

...HEREBY AGREE TO:
...5. Expand and Promote the gender parity principle that we have adopted regarding the Commission of the African Union to all the other organs of the African Union, including its NEPAD programme, to the Regional Economic Communities, and to the national and local levels in collaboration with political parties and the National parliaments in our countries;”

Scope: 
Africa

Commitments in: Gender - Gender and economic opportunity

“We, the Heads of State and Government of Member States of the African Union...

...HEREBY AGREE TO:
...7. Actively promote the implementation of legislation to guarantee women’s land, property and inheritance rights including their rights to housing;”

Scope: 
Africa

“We, the Heads of State and Government of Member States of the African Union...

...HEREBY AGREE TO:
...11. Accept to establish an African Trust Fund for Women for the purpose of building the capacity of African women and further request the African Union Commission to work out the modalities for the operationalisation of the Fund with special focus on women in both urban and rural areas;”

Scope: 
Africa

Commitments in: Gender - Gender and social development

“We, the Heads of State and Government of Member States of the African Union...

...HEREBY AGREE TO:
1. Accelerate the implementation of gender specific economic, social, and legal measures aimed at combating the HIV/AIDS pandemic and effectively implement both Abuja and Maputo Declarations on Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Related Infectious Disease. More specifically we will ensure that treatment and social services are available to women at the local level making it more responsive to the needs of families that are providing care; enact legislation to end discrimination against women living with HIV/AIDS and for the protection and care for people living with HIV/AIDS, particularly women; increase budgetary allocations in these sectors so as to alleviate women’s burden of care;”

Scope: 
Africa

“We, the Heads of State and Government of Member States of the African Union...

...HEREBY AGREE TO:
...4. Initiate, launch and engage within two years sustained public campaigns against gender based violence as well as the problem of trafficking in women and girls; Reinforce legal mechanisms that will protect women at the national level and end impunity of crimes committed against women in a manner that will change and positively alter the attitude and behaviour of the African society;”

Scope: 
Africa

Commitments in: Gender - Women's rights

“We, the Heads of State and Government of Member States of the African Union...

...HEREBY AGREE TO:
...3. Launch, within the next one year, a campaign for systematic prohibition of the recruitment of child soldiers and abuse of girl children as wives and sex slaves in violation of their Rights as enshrined in the African Charter on Rights of the Child;”

Scope: 
Africa

“We, the Heads of State and Government of Member States of the African Union...

...HEREBY AGREE TO:
...6. Ensure the active promotion and protection of all human rights for women and girls including the right to development by raising awareness or by legislation where necessary;”

Scope: 
Africa

“We, the Heads of State and Government of Member States of the African Union...

...HEREBY AGREE TO:
...9. Undertake to Sign and ratify the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa by the end of 2004 and to support the launching of public campaigns aimed at ensuring its entry into force by 2005 and usher in an era of domesticating and implementing the Protocol as well as other national, regional and international instruments on gender equality by all States Parties;”

Scope: 
Africa

Commitments in: Education - Primary and basic education

“We, the Heads of State and Government of Member States of the African Union...

...HEREBY AGREE TO:
...8. Take specific measures to ensure the education of girls and literacy of women, especially in the rural areas, to achieve the goal of “Education for All” (EFA);”

Scope: 
Africa