ACP Women: Actors of Development - outstanding examples, challenges and opportunities

The revised ACP-EU Partnership Agreement, signed in Cotonou on 23 June 2000, aims to ensure a systematic account of the situation of women and gender issues in all areas of cooperation and to promote gender equality.

On the occasion of the International Women's Day celebrations, the Secretariat of the ACP Group of States is gathering contributions on outstanding initiatives where women have played a significant role across different development sectors (such as health, culture, education, migration and urbanisation, among others) in ACP countries, in a publication targeting key development actors in the ACP. The publication aims to promote the role of women in key socio-economic sectors, disseminate outstanding practices, and encourage knowledge sharing.

The key recommendations will be presented during a Seminar with a high-level Panel on "ACP Women, Actors of Development – outstanding examples, challenges and opportunities" with representatives from the ACP countries, European Commission and other institutional partners. The seminar is taking place in Brussels on 7 March 2014.

During the seminar, exceptional women are invited to give their testimonials on this occasion:

  • Ms. Helen HAKENA: Co-founder of the Leitana Nehan Women’s Development Agency. In 1992 they helped to restore peace to the island. Ms. Hakena and local women opposed a huge copper mine in Bougainville that led to a ten year conflict. She continues to work at the grassroots level to ensure that women’s key role in peace building and development is acknowledged
  • Ms. Flavia CHERRY: Chairperson of the Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action, Ms. Cherry is an entrepreneur who has spent her life working towards the cause of gender and social justice, both locally and in the Caribbean. She is the host of the television Talk Show “The Gender Dimension” which she has used to promote gender equality and social justice.
  • Ms. Mbone Enie ROSE MARY OLIVE: Geologist, committed to promote gender & climate change issues across Africa, Ms. Rose Mary Olive works at grassroots levels and participates in climate change negotiations and events worldwide. Ms Rose Mary Olive is Executive Director of the Women Environment and Climate Action Network (WCAN),Council member of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) and Executive Director of Ikra Educational Training Centre (IETC).

Transtec and its team of key experts are responsible for the realization of this mission which is financed by the EU under the FWC BENEF Lot 9 mechanism.

      Project financed by the European Union

Published 07/03/2014

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