Call for Participation- E-Dialogue with Young African Women: Who should lead UN Women?
May 16- 30, 2013
UN Women is at another important milestone to find a new leader, and this presents an opportunity for young African women to have their voices represented at the highest level at the United Nations.
In 2011, UN Women Africa Division took an extraordinary step in providing an unprecedented opportunity for young African women to engage in an important UN process like never before. As the then newly established UN WOMEN sought to set its agenda and strategic direction for women all over the world, UN Women-Africa reached out to and directly engaged thousands of young Africans from across the continent on the historic process and ensured the inclusion of their realities and ideas in its first Strategic Plan. Out of this laudable engagement emerged one of the key recommendations to maintain and increase this important engagement. At yet another critical juncture, we are presented with the unique opportunity to engage in defining expectations and role of the incoming UN Women leadership.
The important dialogue going on right now about choosing the next leader for UN Women will have profound implications not only for the organization and its future but also for the rights of many women across the globe especially as the organization seeks to advance its core mission.
Your opinion matters in generating the following: What should be the most important considerations, criteria and priorities in choosing the next leader for the organization? What are your expectations?
We invite women’s rights activists, young women, and other stakeholders from the continent to join this e-dialogue as we try to broaden the conversation and generate some African input into the global discussion on mandate, expectations and leadership of UN Women. We strongly encourage you to invite all women’s rights activists and young African leaders in your network to join the discussion.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
Join the discussion on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/Moremi.UNWomen.Africa/
OBJECTIVES AND EXPECTED OUTCOME OF THE E-DISCUSSION
The e-discussion is a mechanism to engage stakeholders and young women leaders in particular from Africa in regional dialogue on specific aspects of the UN WOMEN Strategic Plan. This discussion is anticipated to help identify and propose some concrete priorities, expectations and action points for the selection and work of the incoming UN Women leadership. In particular we hope to:
Generate some perspectives and inputs from the continent on expectations, priorities and mandate towards the Secretary General’s considerations in appointing the new leader for the entity
Broaden the discussions and help democratize the selection/appointment process.
Invite and engage each of the candidates nominated for consideration to: a] celebrate the unique qualities and experiences they bring to the position; and b] engage in a 30- minute conversation with each candidate to communicate our expectations and have them answer questions from participants.
Submit concrete considerations and priorities to the Secretary General for consideration in his final decision.
CO-MODERATORS: Ms. Annette Quarcoopome [Ghana/ Vanderbilt University] | Ms. Delta Milayo [Zimbabwe/itsdelta.wordpress.com] | Ms. Gloria Mangie [Tanzania/ Maanisha]
AN EVENING WITH YOUNG AFRICAN WOMEN LEADERS!
CONVERSATIONS WITH THE NEW GENERATION OF AFRICAN WOMEN LEADERS
Theme: "Our Stories, Our triumphs, Our Dreams”
Date: Thursday March 1, 2012
Venue: Church Center, 11th Floor, United Nations Headquarters, New York
Time: 4:30pm– 6:00pm
Format: INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE
- Remarkable Personal Stories and Experiences
- Networking& Interactions
- African Food and Music
Hosted By: Moremi Initiative for Women's Leadership in Africa in collaboration with UN Women and YWCA.
Speakers from Botswana, Cameroon, DRC, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, The Gambia, Uganda & Zimbabwe,
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UN WOMEN-AFRICA CONSULTATIVE CONFERENCE
May 29- 31, 2011 Kigali, Rwanda
UN WOMEN CONSULTATIVE CONFERENCE ON YOUTH
Theme: “Fostering Young Women’s Leadership: Strategies for accelerating Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality in Africa”
UN Women-Africa, under the auspices of the Imbutu Foundation and in partnership with Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa is convening a three-day consultative conference with key stakeholders on youth development and empowerment in Africa. The consultation under the theme “Fostering Young Women’s Empowerment: Strategies for accelerating Women’s Leadership and Gender Equality in Africa” is being organized as part of ongoing consultations towards the development of the UN Women’s first Strategic Plan.
Scheduled for May 29-31, 2011 in Kigali, Rwanda, the conference, seeks to solicit input from key stakeholders in devising sustainable strategies for engaging emerging African women leaders in the advancement of gender equality and the realization of key issues of concern to women on the continent.
UN Women Africa, as part of the ongoing historic institutional transformation for women at the UN level, renews its commitment to ensure greater engagement of African youths in addressing critical issues of importance to women and girls on the continent. The renewed efforts of UN Women Africa follows the the launch of the Decade for Africa Women by the AU in Nairobi in October 2010,which seeks to to consider the realities of Africa girls and young women between 2010 and 2020 and guarantees that their needs and interest will be properly considered and addressed. It is an opportune moment to work with governments, civil society and communities across the continent to harness the potential of African youths to create change for women and girls in Africa.
§ Engage and solicit inputs from key stakeholders on youth and young women in particular
§ Devise concrete strategies for engaging young African women in advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women on the continent.
§ Articulate and validate key regional gender equality priorities and opportunities for young African women;
§ Propose fresh ideas, new entry points and strategic actions for UN WOMEN in Africa and explore concrete partnership opportunities and strategies.
§ Interactive Dialogue
§ Expert Presentations
§ Strategy Sessions