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Policy Dialogue on Ending Violence against Women and Girls Action to Guarantee Women’s Safety

On 10 December 2020, African Union Commission - Women, Gender and Development Directorate, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights  (OHCHR) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organized a virtual multi-stakeholder policy dialogue under the theme “Ending Violence against Women and Girls: Action to Guarantee Women’s Safety in Africa”. The event aimed at mobilizing the commitment of African Union (AU) Member States and other stakeholders to ensure ongoing COVID-19 response and recovery efforts integrate gender equality and women's rights. The policy dialogue provided a forum for AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), development partners, CSOs, youth and the media representatives to share best practices and innovative strategies to secure the gains of women and girls during and after the COVID-19 crisis. A policy brief on the situation of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the context of COVID-19 in Africa, was presented and discussed. The meeting adopted a Call to Action with clear recommendations to address the needs of women and girls through multi-sectoral responses in order to end GBV and to strengthen gender equality and women’s empowerment.On 10 December 2020, African Union Commission - Women, Gender and Development Directorate, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights  (OHCHR) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organized a virtual multi-stakeholder policy dialogue under the theme “Ending Violence against Women and Girls: Action to Guarantee Women’s Safety in Africa”. The event aimed at mobilizing the commitment of African Union (AU) Member States and other stakeholders to ensure ongoing COVID-19 response and recovery efforts integrate gender equality and women's rights. The policy dialogue provided a forum for AU Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), development partners, CSOs, youth and the media representatives to share best practices and innovative strategies to secure the gains of women and girls during and after the COVID-19 crisis. A policy brief on the situation of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the context of COVID-19 in Africa, was presented and discussed. The meeting adopted a Call to Action with clear recommendations to address the needs of women and girls through multi-sectoral responses in order to end GBV and to strengthen gender equality and women’s empowerment.