The March 2022 edition of Women and Law in Southern Africa’s newsletter is now available. It updates us on the first ever Africa CSW meeting held in Nairobi, celebrations marking International Women’s Day and how WLSA is engaging traditional leaders in ending gender based violence. Read on.
Breakfast Meeting with the Chiefs Council
WLSA held a breakfast meeting with the chiefs council. The purpose of the meeting was of seeking a relationship with the chiefs for more dialogues on their role as traditional leaders in ending harmful cultural practices and GBV. WLSA had an opportunity to present the Traditional leader’s act and proposed amendments to strengthen gender equality. The traditional leaders applauded WLSA’s efforts and said, “We are sure that there will be robust and massive debates along the lines of tradition and culture when the bill gets to Parliament.”
The First-Ever Africa CSW66 held in Nairobi
WLSA attended the first-ever African Commission on the Status of women in Kenya, running under the theme “Achieving Gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls in the context of climate change, Environment and Disaster risk reduction policies and programmes”. CSW66 also happens at a time when the impact of covid 19 has ravaged the world and clearly agrees that the current financial, social and environmental order must shift. Africa CSW66 was being hosted by FEMNET, an alternative CSW engagement structure that is inclusive and accessible to women and girls in all diversity in Nairobi. CSW is the largest and among the most attended gender equality and women’s rights event held every year at the UN Headquarters.
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