[Dateline: Addis Ababa | Author: ECA]
Over 500 stakeholders representing African governments, civil society, academia, media, bilateral partners, regional and international organizations will convene in Addis Ababa from 19-21 November for the Sixth African Development Forum (ADF VI).
Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro will be attending the meeting and will deliver a speech on gender equality and the elimination of violence against women.
The African Development Forum is a multi-stakeholder platform for debating, discussing and initiating concrete strategies for Africa's development. This edition of ADF will focus on “Action on gender equality, women’s empowerment and ending violence against women”.
The meeting will not only draw on the expertise of officials, such as ministers of gender and women affairs, social development and health, and non-governmental organizations, who are traditionally involved with gender issues, but also on the involvement of African ministers of defence, foreign affairs, finance, justice, environment, police and security forces, selected parliamentarians, and representatives of Regional Economic Communities.
Special attention has also been given to the participation of community-based organizations to draw on grassroots’ initiatives and experiences.
The ADF V1 aims to identify practical and concrete actions on gender equality, women’s empowerment and ending violence against women.
It will focus on the following thematic areas: violence against women; HIV and AIDS; health and reproductive rights; education, training and skills development; migration; governance, conflict, peace and security; employment, markets and trade; food security; land and property rights; gender and ICTs; climate change, water, sanitation and energy; and financing for gender equality.