Meeting of African Ministers in charge of Gender and Women’s Affairs on “COVID-19 Response and Recovery” - a Gendered Framework

Date: Monday, May 11, 2020

UN Women and the African Union in partnership with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) hosted the inaugural meeting of African Ministers for Gender and Women’s Affairs, on 12 May 2020 under the theme “COVID-19 Response and Recovery” - a Gendered Framework.”

Focusing on how to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on African women and girls, the meeting was co-chaired by UN Women’s Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and H.E. Beatrice Lomeya Atilite, Chairperson of the African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.

The ministerial meeting discussed key lessons learned and good practices in gender-responsive crisis management and mitigation, identified strategic priorities to advocate for a gender-responsive crisis management and response and for a gender-transformative recovery framework; and articulated key actions to be prioritized at regional and country levels.

The political declaration emanating from the meeting is expected to address the challenges facing women and girls in Africa due to the COVID-19 pandemic while informing response and recovery planning and financing for better addressing differentiated impact of the pandemic on women and girls in the continent.

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