MEDIA ADVISORY: The 4th Specialized Technical Committee meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019

Media Contact: Martha Wanjala, Communications Officer, martha.wanjala[at]

WHAT: The 4th African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (STC on GEWE) will be held from 27 October to 1 November 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The main theme of the 4th STC will be the review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action 25 years after its adoption (Beijing +25 review).

The overall objective of the 4th STC on Beijing + 25 is to review and celebrate the significant progress made in Africa on gender equality and women’s empowerment through global and continental instruments, and to agree on concrete action to be taken to accelerate implementation.

The STC will serve as the Africa Consultative Conference on Beijing +25 review and a preparatory meeting for the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW64). It will adopt the Africa regional report to be incorporated into the global Beijing +25 report that will be presented at CSW64. The STC will also consider and adopt key decisions and documents on priority areas of the AU Gender Agenda, as well as launch the new African Union Strategy on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.

WHO: The STC on Beijing +25 is convened by the African Union Commission’s Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD) in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women), with the support of International Development Partners. It will be attended by Governments, Civil Society Organizations and Youth from across Africa.

WHERE: African Union Commission Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

WHEN: 27th October to 1st November 2019

SIDE EVENTS: UN Women will lead various side events including inter-generational dialogues between young people, traditional leaders and government policy makers on patriarchy and gender norms,  gender and women’s rights, ending child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation, as well as harnessing the opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the context of  the African Continental Free Trade Area.

Join the conversation: Follow @unwomenafrica on Twitter and share your messages using the hashtags #GenerationEqualityAfrica #Beijing25




More information:
  • Media Contact: Martha Wanjala, Communications Officer, martha.wanjala[at]