Project Coordinator for women economic empowerment at Pro-Femmes/Twese Hamwe
Break out session 3: Patriarchy and Violence
The last few decades have seen progress in addressing violence against women and girls (VAWG) in Africa leading to major Campaigns and organised actions calling for an end to violence against women. There has also been an increased focus on the need for funding to ensure strengthening of systems to prevent, address and respond to VAWG. Feminist analysis and activism, along with strong local, national and international women’s movements have elevated VAWG – including in armed conflict and natural disasters, into the public domain. The late 1990s and early 2000s witnessed positive developments in national and international normative and legal frameworks regarding VAWG, leading to an increased investment of resources and growth in technical expertise, guidance and standards within the humanitarian and development sectors. VAWG continues unabated with new trends and not so new trends in various forms of VAWG taking root in different African countries.
This session points to the need for transformative leadership that links the various forms of VAWG to the broader context of intersecting oppression of ethnicity, class, patriarchy among others so as to address the multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination faced by women.