Speaking at the 4th Specialized Technical Committee meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (STC on GEWE) from 28 October - 01 November, 2019, Rev. Dr. Lydia Mwaniki, Director for Women, Gender and Youth at the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) spoke on the role of families in enhancing gender justice.
Gender disparity begins with the family since it is the first source of socialization. When one gender is given preference over the other, the gender roles are ascribed hence promoting gender superiority and inferiority. It is at the family level where harmful cultural practices such as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and early marriages are propagated. “It is therefore the role of families to enhance gender justice and eradicate harmful cultural practices; from each family to the society,” said Rev. Dr. Lydia Mwaniki.
The Specialized Technical Committee STC on Beijing + 25 was 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 (UNWOMEN), with the support of International Development Partners with the theme: “Realizing Women’s Rights for an Equal Future.”
The overall objective of the 4th STC on Beijing + 25 was to review and celebrate the significant progress made in Africa on gender equality and women’s empowerment through global and continental instruments such as the African Women’s Decade (AWD) and Fund for African Women (FAW) and to agree on concrete action to be taken to accelerate implementation.
The All Africa Council of Churches continues to advocate for gender equality and women’s rights.