African Women and Girls – Their say on their world post-2015

African Women and Girls – Their say on their world post-2015

The Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD), has released a landmark publication that details the voices of African women and girls in the post Millennium Development Goals discussion. African women and girls at the Grassroots – their say on their world post 2015 is a representation of African women’s voices from the grassroots. The report is an attempt to give voice to grassroots women in the complex political and consensus building process that will result in the post 2015 development framework. In doing this ACORD aims to ensure that women’s contribution form the basis of the recommendations and resolutions that will be adopted on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The report situates its analysis in the experiences and perspectives of African women and girls, using their own words to illustrate the issues that a new development framework must confront. ACORD held 45 citizen-driven workshops in 13 different countries across the continent. In six of these countries, ACORD held workshops specifically targeting women’s issues and concerns. In the discussions with grassroots women, the women consistently recognised the achievements of the last 15 years of the MDGs, in particular the great strides made in women's participation in leadership and in the legal and policy changes in favour of gender equality and women's empowerment across the continent.

The findings in the report have been summarised from both the general citizen workshops as well as the women specific workshops. In analysing women’s voices, issues in five key thematic areas were identified:

• Violence against women and girls; 

• Access to and control over resources, including land, energy and information technology;

• Access to basic services with an emphasis on reproductive and sexual health services;

• Women’s citizenship and leadership; and

• Recognition, redistribution and remuneration of women’s unpaid care work.

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