Call for Papers
International Seminar on Gender and Empowerment in the 21st Century in Africa
Nairobi, Kenya, 24-26 August 2009
Organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Gender
and the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)
Deadline for submission of abstract: 15 May 2009.
The International development and policy agenda has galvanized global attention to issues of gender inequality and women’s empowerment through various international policy platforms like the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo and the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. The importance of gender equality and women’s empowerment in achieving national and global development goals is underscored in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), with the third goal (MDG 3) specifically addressing the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A mid-point assessment of global progress on the MDGs noted that “doors are opening slowly for women in the labor market”. However, women still account for over 60% of unpaid family workers (UN DESA, 2007); only 17% of members of single or lower houses of parliament; and more girls than boys remain out of school (UNSD, 2007).