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African Union Comments on the 2nd Draft Busan Outcome Document on "Civil Society Aids and Development Effectiveness" (September 2011)

The following are comments from representatives of the Member States of the African Union, Parliaments, Regional Economic Communities, institutions/organizations, Civil Society including Women and Youth groups, Business and Academia, together with development partners who met at the 3rd Africa Regional Meeting, September 2011, with the aim of consolidating Africa‟s position on aid reforms and the need for a new global partnership. The discussions on the second draft Busan Outcome document took place under the umbrella of the Africa Union, consolidating the voice of African Members States and Stakeholders. 

“Win With Women: Best Practices in Promoting Women’s Quantitative and Qualitative Representation in Decision Making"

Over sixty (60) women delegates representing nine (9) countries in West Africa convened in Monrovia, Liberia for a 2-day from 7-8 September, 2011 to discuss and discern strategies which aimed at providing women’s rights activists, women politicians and party activists a practical guide on advocating, lobbying and collaborating to overcome existing challenges frustrating equal representation of women in decision making, and particularly establish the platform for women political and advocates to reflect on their previous works and learn from the experiences of other countries such as Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa etc. to develop a best practice suited for West African policy and political context.

Report of the Secretary General of the United Nations on the Role of Regional and SubRegional Arrangements in Implement RtoP (28 June, 2011)

1. Paragraph 139 of the 2005 World Summit Outcome and General Assembly resolution 63/308 called for the Assembly’s continuing consideration of the responsibility to protect. To that end, the Assembly held a formal debate in 2009 and informal interactive dialogues on aspects of the topic in 2009 and 2010. To inform these deliberations, I prepared reports on “Implementing the responsibility to protect” (A/63/677 of 12 January2009) and on “Early warning, assessment and the responsibility to protect” (A/64/864 of 14 July 2010). 

At the informal interactive dialogue of 9 August 2010, many Member States expressed interest in having a similar informal interactive dialogue on the role of regional and sub-regional arrangements in implementing the responsibility to protect in 2011. This report addresses the regional and sub-regional dimensions of the responsibility to protect in anticipation of such a dialogue in the General Assembly in July 2011.

“Our Politics is NOW!: Moving Beyond the Rhetoric of Women’s Political Participation”

The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and Women Peace and Security Network, Africa (WIPSEN-Africa) conveyed the 2nd Annual West African Women’s Policy Forum themed “Our Politics is NOW: Moving Beyond the Rhetoric of Women’s Political Participation” from November 12­13 2009 in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire with support from the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), the International Women’s Programme of the Open Society Institute (IWP-OSI), the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), Daphne Foundation and with local support from the Forum International des Femmes pour la Paix l’Egalité et le Développent (FIFEM).

The 2-days forum was organised with the overarching goal to review women’s participation in politics in post independence West Africa and assess the gains thus far in terms of women’s involvement in political parties; active participation in political processes; and ascension to appointed or elected positions. The gathering also examined amongst others, the contributions and support of civil society towards women seeking political careers and how this has bolster or falter women’s opportunities in different instances.

1st Annual West Africa Women's Policy Forum - Assessing the Gains, Advancing the Agenda", Accra, Ghana

West African women have gained relative visibility through their activism in the civil society sector on issues of governance, democracy, development, peace and security. However, the extent to which this activism influences or shapes policies across the region has not been measured and therefore difficult to ascertain. Furthermore, in comparison to their share of the population, women remain underrepresented in political spaces and very little is known about the causal effect of those women who enter into political spaces. There is also an evident disconnect between women in civil society and women in government further diminishing the potential collective leverage women can bring to policy processes. This situation led the West Africa Civil Society Institute and the Women Peace and Security Network to initiate the establishment of the West Africa Women’s Forum in December 2008, as an annual space for women working in different sectors in the region to deliberate and design strategies for enhancing women’s influence on policy processes and provide a conduit for improved collaboration among women’s groups.

The 1st Forum titled “Assessing the gains, Advancing the Agenda” brought together over 50 women from three distinct sectors; women in civil society, women in government and women from the donor community. Participants were drawn primarily from West Africa, with representation from other parts of Africa and the world. Participants reflected on women’s roles and participation in governance, development, peace and security in the region and to design concrete strategies for influencing and informing policy processes.

TABLES RONDES CONSULTATIVES GLOBALES SUR LA RESPONSABILITÉ DE PROTÉGER: Les Perspectives Ouest Africaine "La Consultation d' Accra"

L’Institut ouest africain de la société civile (WASCI), en collaboration avec World Federalist Movement- Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) et avec l’appui de l’Initiative de la Société Libre de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (OSIWA) et de Fredrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) a tenu une table ronde pour la société civile intitulé « Les tables rondes de consultation sur la responsabilité de protéger : les perspectives ouest africaines » les 30 et 31 juillet 2008.

Cette table ronde est la septième d’une série de consultations destinées à établir un réseau des ONG sur la norme de la responsabilité de protéger. La table ronde a regroupé environ 46 participants venant des ONG, des organisations communautaires à la base et des réseaux sous régionaux de la société civile. Les représentants des gouvernements et des agences intergouvernementales ont également participé à cette consultation. L’objectif de la table ronde est de discuter et de délibérer sur les progrès réalisés au niveau de la mise de la norme de la responsabilité de protéger et les enjeux en Afrique de l’Ouest.

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