Contribution to 2015:Year for African Women, Documenting Stories of Impact
Strengthening the rule of law and respect for human rights are major prerequisites for sustainable human development in the SADC Region. In June 2014 the Heads of State of the African Union declared 2015 as the Year of Women Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063. It is in this context that 2015 creates a unique opportunity for the acceleration and realization of the commitments made to African women’s rights, gender equality, women’s empowerment and inclusive development.
The Commission of the Africa Union with technical support of UN Women seeks to highlight the contribution made by African women in various fields of endeavour through their leadership and innovation and how this development contributes not only to the benefit of the women in their individual capacities, their communities, country and continent but also to the potential inherent in a deliberate effort to showcase these achievements.
The chronicling of these initiatives is proposed as a way to change the narrative and international image of the African woman and to show the immense changes and contribution to society women have had on the continent.
The expected results
• 5 stories of impact for gender showcased in 30 minutes’ documentaries (including featuring ADC’s support to One Stop Centres in the SADC Region and Women Leaders in Energy in Western Africa)
• 5 minutes’ teasers of each documentary
• 3 minutes’ abridged versions of the documentaries
The 50 African Heads of State and others key decision makers and leaders will be reached with the stories of impact and how to make gender equality a reality during the 25. AU Summit. And the stories will be shared at least to 1 million social media users via twitter and facebook. Additionally UN Women will target a young audience, especially young women, as key drivers of change at the micro and meso level with the documentaries.