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Development talks

Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy – What does it mean for Africa?

Uppdaterad: 30 mars 2015

Date: Friday April 24, 2015
Time: 09.00 – 12.00 (Registration and coffee from 08.30)
Venue: Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm (Oasen)

The Beijing Platform for Action resulted in a universal commitment to fight gender inequality in the world twenty years ago. Today, African women’s representation in sub-Saharan politics has increased. However, outside of the formal political spheres there are few signs of enhanced gender equality. Traditional gender norms are still engrained in societies and families. Women and sexual minorities are still fighting for their rights to decide over their own bodies. Too many women and girls are still dying in childbirth, due to lack of prioritization in sexual and reproductive health and rights.

The Swedish government recently launched a feminist foreign policy. How does it affect Sida’s development work to improve women’s rights and representation in sub-Saharan Africa? Does the policy offer anything new to feminism in Africa? What should Sida prioritize in order to accelerate women’s empowerment?

Welcome to a Development Talk on how a feminist foreign policy can contribute to gender equality through development assistance in sub-Saharan Africa.

The event is free of charge.

Moderator: Mr Jesper Bengtsson, Journalist and Author

Programme

8:30 Registration and coffee

9:00 Introduction
Ms Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director General, Sida

9:10 Opening remarks
What is Swedish feminist foreign policy and what could it mean for our partners in Africa?
Annika Söder, State Secretary to Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström

9:30 20 years after Beijing: Where were we then? Where are we now?
How has feminism changed in the last 20 years and what are African feminists now demanding? What is the hope for the future?

Ms Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, Co-Founder/former CEO, African Women's Development Fund and founding member of African Feminist Forum
Ms Carolyn Hannan, Former Director of UN Division for the Advancement of Women and Associate Professor, University of Lund

Facilitated by Ms Carolina Wennerholm, Lead Policy Specialist Gender Equality, Sida

10:00 Coffee and bun

10:20 Film: Voices from Africa

10:30 Panel discussion including questions from the audience
Ms Molly Melching, Founder and CEO, Tostan
Mr Anders Rönquist, Head of Sweden’s Development Cooperation, Kenya
Ms Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi,
Co-Founder/former CEO, African Women's Development Fund and founding member of African Feminist Forum
Ms Patricia Munabi Babiiha, Executive Director, Forum for Women in Democracy
Mr Rev. Rowland ‘Jide’ Macaulay,
Director of RJMM.CO.UK and founding Pastor of House Of Rainbow

11:50 Conclusions and wrapping up
Mr Torbjörn Pettersson, Head of Africa Department, Sida

12:00 End


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