Africa: A Common Voice From Africa At the 65th Commission On the Status of Women

Ahead of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65), from 15 – 26 March 2021, African countries present a common voice to expand women’s participation in public life and decision-making.

UN Women, the African Union Commission (AUC), and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) convened the Africa Virtual Regional Consultation ahead of the 65th session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65) from 22 to 23 February and the Ministerial Segment on 26 February, to create a shared vision on girls’ and women’s empowerment in the region.

Gender experts, high-level representatives from Regional Economic Commission, the UN System, civil society, and other relevant stakeholders met virtually to discuss and agree on a common position and key messages, which will be presented during CSW65. The 3-day meeting celebrated progress towards women empowerment and leadership on the continent, while highlighting significant challenges – including the COVID-19 pandemic – that threaten African girls’ and women’s economic, political, and social rights.

“There are no solutions unless women are part of them, as decision-makers and as equal beneficiaries,” said Roberta Clarke, Regional Director UN Women East and Southern Africa Regional Office.

During the high-level segment that concluded the African pre-CSW65 consultation, Ministers adopted the following recommendations, as part of the “Africa Common Position”:

Integrate continental and regional reforms and policies into national gender strategies;