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Kilimanjaro Initiative Planning Meeting. Addis Ababa. 9-10 November 2014

 

On the 9th and 10th November 2014 representatives from 17 organizations  from 14 countries in Africa, some representing regional structures, met to plan for the implementation of the Kilimanjaro Rural Women’s Initiative. This followed and built on a number of other processes involving a wide range of organizations that have shaped the design of the initiative over the last years.

 

The participants noted the well known, varied and deeply rooted challenges and forms of discrimination that rural women face, in particular when it comes to having secure rights to the land and resources they depend on and the undervaluing of their contribution in all spheres of life. Rural women face numerous obstacles to being heard in decision making about their lives and the planning brought home both the need for and challenge women face in building a strong and united voice on the continent.

 


As the United Nations finalizes the Sustainable Development Goals it is clear that the voices of rural women need to be heard, not just in defining the goals, but ensuring their implementation.
The African Union has declared 2015 the “Year of Women Empowerment and Development Towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”. This is welcome and an opportunity for our leaders to hear the voice of rural women and for rural women to mobilize to take power in shaping that development agenda.


It was agreed that the Kilimanjaro Initiative starts with women’s rights to land and productive resources as an entry point for the mobilization of rural women from across Africa to define the future they want. This involves rural women mobilizing to claim the lives of dignity they deserve, based on secure rights to the resources they need to make a better life for themselves and identifying and overcoming the challenges that hold them back.


A key moment will be an assembly of rural women from all countries in Africa gathering at Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa, in October 2016. This will provide a unifying focus for country level mobilization and events, such as mini ‘Kilimanjaros’, as women assemble in their countries. This will also be a moment where rural women will adopt a Kilimanjaro declaration capturing their development vision and setting a road map for ensuring the realization of this vision.


This initiative is not to replace, but rather to work with and bring together a wide range of struggles and organizing that rural women are already involved in. It is about creating a stronger and more unified voice through a common set of actions.


The initial idea came from 15 African rural women during a meeting in Tanzania in 2012. As such the Kilimanjaro Initiative will involve and be led by rural women including young women, the most marginalized, women’s organizations, farmer’s organizations and pastoralist organizations with the involvement of a wide range of actors committed to improving women’s rights to land and productive resources.

 

Organizing is starting now with committed country lead organizations getting in touch with national structures of rural women and their allies to collaborate in implementation. Rural women will meet to share their stories, successes, challenges, and aspirations. Identifying and planning local and national actions and documenting the stories to be able to share with other women across the continent. Events will be organized around key moments and to take up specific issues rural women identify. At the pan African level the structures of the initiative will be put in place, detailed plans finalized for moving to Kilimanjaro and beyond. Events will be organized at the continental level and common actions coordinated across countries, the experiences rural women bring from their lives and local actions will inform their international demands and the Kilimanjaro Declaration. Resources will be mobilized to support the initiative through a range of innovative and traditional funding approaches.

 

By January a new structure, comprising rural women, will be in place to confirm the detailed plans and oversee the initiative going forward. Rural women are already taking many actions to assert their land rights, improve their lives and organize in a wide range of ways. The process of organizing for Kilimanjaro, has however, brought home the challenges rural women face when trying to strengthen their organizations to have the needed impact at national and international levels. Overcoming these challenges to ensure sustained and strong rural women’s organization and leadership, up to and beyond the Kilimanjaro event itself, is one of the core objectives.

A group of supporting organizations have committed to taking the initiative forward with lead organizations identified in a number of countries, others being identified now, and a core team of organizations supporting the continental level work .

Other organizations and movements of rural women are encouraged to join this initiative. Other support organizations and allies who want to help make this work are called on to get involved.

 

The meeting welcomed international solidarity with rural women in other continents as well as supporters and allies.

 

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Policy makers, scientists and other stakeholders, including women's groups met in Marrakech on 9 and 10 October 2014 for the 4th Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa.The theme was «Africa Can Feed Africa Now”: Translating Climate Knowledge into Action". The overall objective of the conference is to provide a platform for deliberating on how Africa can utilize climate knowledge to transform agricultural production systems in order to sustainably feed itself and improve the socio-economic well-being of its people.The conference focused also on the prominent roles for CSOs, Gender, Youth and farmers in the agricultural transformation agenda.

The Groups of African women attending the conference seized this opportunity to advocate for gender mainstreaming concerning climate change in Africa. In a statement, the women urged the Heads of States and Government to take all  measures and provisions to better take into account the needs and interests of women coping with climate change that has devastating effects on them.

 

The requests expressed by African women reinforce WiLDAF’s concern, which since 2009 has constantly worked in favour of women farmers. WiLDAF believes that it is essential to bring about a change of mentalities of people so that they can take ownership of the issue of gender equality, which is a core element of development. It also requires that women's needs are taken into account in agricultural policies and programs at the sub regional level as well as regional.

Take into account the needs and interests of women, mean to WiLDAF, building the capacity of women to participate in key decision-making processes in all areas of agriculture, including climate change to ensure that they are stakeholders in all initiatives that affect them and affect the population; increasing women's access to productive resources such as land, technology, credit, inputs, etc. This also means that funding for agriculture must also consider the needs and interests of women.

We propose therefore the declaration of women’ groups who participated in the conference.

STATEMENT BY AFRICAN WOMEN at 4th CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICAN

Africa Can Feed Africa

 PREAMBLE

 

We, the African Women Groups who gathered in the Marrakech, the city of Morocco for the fourth conference on climate change and development in Africa with the theme “Africa Can Feed Africa Now” translating climate knowledge into actions that took place from 9th to 10th October 2014, express our gratitude to the organizers of the conference for the opportunity to work together for the development of our continent with development partners, leaders and committed people from all over the world.

We applaud the decision of the meeting of the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC) resolution Assembly/AU/Dec538 (xx111) to specifically initiate a programme that focuses on addressing the challenges of climate change that impacts on Women in Africa.

We are witnessing greater commitment of our leaders to addressing the challenges and impact of climate change, which is threatening our eco-systems, and the concerns of our continent for the survival. We further applaud the emphasis put by our leaders on women’s, youth and civil society participation and inclusion on all climate change initiatives.

While we appreciate and welcome the laudable initiatives of our heads of states and governments to ensuring that Africa Can Feed Africa,

We call on our governments;

To ensure the provision and means for the full realisation and implementation of these worthy initiatives and resolutions.

Development partners and other relevant stakeholders to support gender research and full documentation of impact of climate change on gender; build the capacity of women to participate in key decision making processes;

We appreciate the gradual but slow advancement and transformation of African women’s access to formal education and technology and call upon African governments, to tap into these changes and increasewomen’s access to productive resources such as land, transfer of and enhancement of indigenous technology, credit, fertilizers etc.

Integrate gender into climate change policies and agreement, which takes into consideration the different needs of men and women.

African Can Feed Africa but this cannot be realistically achieved without women’s involvement. We call for the transformation of the gender roles, inequalities between men and women in terms of access, control and ownership of reproductive resources.

We fully support the focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency, especially being aware about the devastating consequences of women vulnerability to energy poverty. We call upon the governments to take cognizance of the negative impacts of renewable energy such as big hydropower plants or mono crop plantations for biofuels, which exacerbate the suffering of women farmers

We call upon our governments to ensure stakeholders engagement and especially public participation, including women participation- is crucial in the design and implementation of affordable, available and accessible sustainable renewable and energy efficiency solutions. 

We route for the strengthening of the African Working Group on Gender and Climate Change, a body that is crucial in the mitigation, adaptation and loss and damage of climate change actions in the continent. 

In conclusion, we, African women affirm our commitment to ensuring that Africa feeds Africa through pragramatic gender responsive interventions to Climate Change.

 

Within the framework of Kilimanjaro Initiative or "Women on Top of the World", Two days planning workshop was held on 27 and 28 January 2015 in Lomé, Togo. The Workshop was organized by WiLDAF, West Africa Sub Regional Office with the financial support of International Land Coalition (ILC). The event brought together rural women, representatives of organizations working in the field of property law and women’s rights in Togo.

The Kilimanjaro initiative overall objective is to influence land policies at the global, regional and national levels for rural women and the most marginalized groups. Taking as an entry point land and productive resources, Kilimanjaro Campaign is attended to mobilize rural women from across Africa to define the future they want. This involves rural women mobilizing to claim the lives of dignity they deserve, based on secure rights to the resources they need to make a better life for themselves and identifying and overcoming the challenges that hold them back

This workshop is the first in a series of workshops that will take place in five countries namely; Togo, Benin, Senegal, Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC). It aims to enable the various stakeholders in the countries identified, to understand and control the project and be fully equipped for its implementation. WiLDAF, West Africa Sub Regional Office, as a member of ILC will help country lead organizations, plan the mobilization in West and Central Africa.

It should be recalled that the initial idea of Kilimanjaro Initiative or "Women on Top of the World» came from 15 rural women during a meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in July 2012. The meeting focused among other things on the need to support rural women to bring out their own issues that are hearing directly from those affected in their numbers and scale (Moving away from case study tradition). As such the Kilimanjaro initiative will involve and be led by rural women including young women, the most marginalized, women’s organizations, farmers organizations and pastoralist organizations with the involvement of a wide range of actors committed to improving women’s rights to land and productive resources. Women can express themselves on the well-known varied end deeply rooted challenged and formed of discrimination that women face.  It is about creating a stronger and more unified voice through common set actions to influence the major international decisions.   A meeting in Johannesburg in 2013  suggested the name of the movement to be “Our Land Our Lives”

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Press Release

Governments Must Re-Dedicate to Women’s & Girls’ Rights Commitments
 
 
 November 17, 2014
 For Immediate Release
 
Women’s rights organizations meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 14-16 November have called on African governments to re-dedicate themselves to upholding national, regional and international laws and policies that advance women’s rights and gender equality on universal human rights standards already agreed upon and protect them from social moral and cultural arguments and positions.
 

Civil Society Organizations were discussing the progress made in the field of women's and girls' rights 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BDPfA) was adopted.
 

Participants said that most of the gains made in Women's and Girls' rights since the holding of the International Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 have come under various threats and are facing persistent challenges, notably from widening inequalities between the rich and poor and between men  and  women due  to  prioritization of  macroeconomic policies that  are  driven  by growth without equitable development and respect for human rights.
 
"HIV, maternal mortality and morbidity continue to be amongst leading causes of death for women; the rising radical and extremist groups pose threats to the safety, security and advancement of women and girls as indicated by on-going abductions of girls shrinking space and; resources for civil society; and macroeconomic policies that perpetuate inequalities," as noted in the CSO Forum Declaration (available online on www.femnet.co).
 

The rights, priorities and needs of African women and girls must intentionally be highlighted in the ongoing regional and global discussions such as the 59th  Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 59) scheduled for in March 2015, where governments will be reviewing and appraising implementation of the BDPfA. In addition, CSOs are keen to strengthen gender equality and the empowerment of women in the Post-2015 development agenda through the integration of a rights-based and gender perspective.
 

BPfA is a landmark visionary roadmap for achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment as set out by governments during the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing 1995. To date, no country in the world has achieved gender equality. According to UN Women, “though much has been achieved, progress has been unacceptably slow, particularly for the most marginalized women and girls”.
 

The weekend conference was attended by over 150 African women and girls from 34 countries across the continent.
 
Rachel Kagoiya                                                                                
Information Manager, FEMNET  
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