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Bridging the Digital Gender Divide in Africa: A Policy Brief for the Summit of the African Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 2010

March 8, 2011

African Heads of States and Governments gather in Addis Ababa for the 14th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union at a time when the continent faces a huge digital divide. African women are disproportionately affected by this divide. The Summit's theme "Information and Communication Technologies in Africa: Challenges and Prospects for Development" is therefore quite pertinent. However, deliberations on the theme without explicit focus on women's access to these technologies will overlook a critical aspect of Africa's development. This policy brief examines the gender-differentiated impact of ICTs in Africa, and makes seventeen key recommendations to national delegations, and private and civil society organizations.

How States Can Deliver on the AU Declaration for an African Women's Decade 2010-2020

November 1, 2009

Policy briefing for African delegations attending the AU Ministerial Conference of Gender Ministers and the 8th African Regional Conference on Women to review 15 years of the Beijing Platform of Action, The Gambia, November 2009. This policy briefing argues that the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in Africa, the AU Women's Protocol and the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa should be the focus of the declared Decade. It assesses the gap between continental and international policy aspirations and norms on the one hand and current national policy implementation and the reality of women and girls in Africa on the other. Finally, it recommends a multi-sectoral approach to implementing a set of thirteen legal, policy and institutional measures. Adoption of these measures would unleash the energy and results that would truly make the next ten years a decade Africa could be proud of.