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Official launch of the second Africa Human Development Report published by UNDP entitled Africa Human Development Report 2016: Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Africa

By United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

DATE: Monday 28th November, 2016

VENUE: Committee Room No. 1 Parliament Building

TIME: 11:00 a.m.-12.30pm

Key speakers:

• Mr. Sunil Saigal, UN Resident Coordinator& UNDP Resident Representative

• Hon.Dr Sylvia Blyden, Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (TBC)

• Hon Sheku Badara Basiru Dumbuya, Speaker of the Parliament of Sierra Leone

Participants: Parliamentarians, policy makers and practitioners, development organizations, the private and public sector, civil society, research institutions, academia, youths, Sierra Leonean citizens.

Background information:

This report reviews the on-going efforts of African countries to accelerate the pace of assuring women’s empowerment through all spheres of society – in the home and community, in health and educational attainment, in the workplace, political participation and leadership.

While significant progress has been made across numerous fronts in most countries, gender equality for African women and girls is still far from satisfactory.

To address the gender gap, this Report adopts a political economy approach to gender equality and women’s empowerment in Africa.

UNDP Sierra Leone has partnered with the Parliament of Sierra Leone Parliament to launch the report within the 2016 campaign period on the “16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in Sierra Leone” (i.e. 25th November to 10th December 2016).

The aim of the launch is to stimulate policy debate and discussions on what further steps are needed to ensure that gender equality is more fully integrated into national agenda and on-going policy dialogues across the Sierra Leone.