3 January 2022
The new AU Gender Observatory is an online reporting and knowledge management platform to monitor and report on Member States’ efforts towards implementation of gender equality commitments including on Violence Against women and Girls (VAWG), Harmful Practices (HP) and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Reproductive Rights (SRH & RR). [...] The training was jointly implemented by the AUC’s Women, Gender and Youth Directorate, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) under the Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional Programme (SIARP) supported by the European Union (EU). [...] On behalf of the African Union Chairperson, Prudence Nonkululeko Ngwenya, Acting Director of the Women, Gender Youth Directorate in her opening remarks stressed that “the primary objective of the Observatory is to stand as the most comprehensive and up-to-date source of information about Member States’ efforts towards Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.” “Any tool or system is as good as its. [...] For the AU Gender Observatory to achieve its objective of ensuring periodic, inclusive, and quality reporting on VAWG/SGBV/HP and SRH&RR in Africa, Members States’ commitment in reporting is highly critical”, said Letty Chiwara, UN Women Representative to Ethiopia, the African Union Commission and the UN Economic Commission for Africa. [...] In his remarks, Thomas Huyghebaert, the Head of Policy and Cooperation at the EU Delegation to the African Union highlighted that “the platform will reinforce the capacity of the institutions responsible for monitoring and reporting on the implementation of Human Rights instruments and keep countries accountable on their global commitments.” The AUC in collaboration with UN Women and UNECA have fo.