March on Gender Event: 10 March 2022
Panel discussion: Promoting positive gender norms in Africa: Effective approaches for development partners, 10th March 4pm - 5.30pm
Co-organised by SWAC, the OECD Development Centre and the Development Co-operation Directorate.
- Discuss the role of development partners in addressing the underlying drivers of gender inequality and promoting transformative policy making and development programming
- Identify how development partners can further engage in accelerating social change, especially in terms of more and better financing for gender equality
- Propose policy actions to address challenges to gender inequality from a financing perspective
High-Level Policy Dialogue on Gender Equality
SWAC and the OECD Development Centre, in collaboration with the Austrian Development Agency, co-organised two policy dialogues with grassroots organisations and policy makers, on addressing social institutions governing women and men’s behaviour to enhance gender equality.
Formal and informal laws, social norms and practices constitute structural barriers that women and girls face throughout their lifetime. Despite some progress in recent years, women in West Africa still face gender-based discrimination across all spheres of life.
DevTalks: Women and Conflict
During the last decade, conflict has become more violent and widespread in West Africa with increasing numbers of civilian casualties, particularly in Central Sahel and Nigeria. This DevTalks aimed to contribute to a process of mutual learning and dialogue to inspire more gender-focused responses to conflict in West Africa and draw on lessons learned.
Speakers highlighted the importance of dialogue and action at local and community levels to:
- initiate change in social norms;
- empower and support women who have experienced violent extremism and wish to reintegrate society;
- build more inclusive peace and mediation processes; and
- re-build trust between communities and security forces.
DevTalks: Towards a gender-responsive approach to food and nutrition security
Women play a pivotal role in a wide range of activities supporting food and nutrition security. They are the powerhouses of the Sahel and West African food economy. Nevertheless, access to affordable and nutritious foods is beyond the reach of many women and girls.
This DevTalks explored the importance of gender-responsive approaches to food and nutrition insecurity, highlighting that many responses still tend to operate in silos, narrowly focusing on improving women’s agency or access to information, instead of applying a truly intersectional approach that addresses the structural barriers that hamper their food and nutrition security.
Wikigender: Towards a Gender Responsive Approach to Food & Nutrition Security
In the context of compounding food and nutrition, security, climate and health crises, the OECD Development Centre and the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC) hosted an online discussion on the Wikigender platform in partnership with the Agence française de développement (AFD), the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) and the G5 Sahel. The discussion, “Towards a Gender-Responsive Approach to Food and Nutrition Security in the Sahel and West Africa”, focused on three key issues:
- the importance of gender in addressing food and nutrition insecurity,
- best practices around food and nutrition security programming, and
- what is needed to engage decision-makers and amplify women’s voices.
Financing for gender equality
Official development assistance (ODA) for gender equality in the Sahel and West Africa has increased. More
Women and conflict
Over the last decade, conflicts have become more violent and widespread in West Africa. More
Women and anaemia
Fourteen countries have a prevalence of over 40% (severe) among women of reproductive age. More
Access to employment
The employment rate of women in sub-Saharan Africa (59.3%, ILO, 2017) is the highest in the world (45.8%). More
Burkina Faso ratified all regional and international conventions on gender equality, adopted a national gender policy in 2009. More
Women in parliament
In 2006, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the first female head of state in Africa. More
Female Genital Mutilation
The WHO estimates that over 130 million girls and women today have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting. More