WRAPA partakes in Summit aimed at achieving a ‘Better Workplace and Environment for Women’ in Nairobi, Kenya on the wings of Equality Now, World Bank and World Policy.
The Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA), alongside other CSOs from across Africa convened in Nairobi, Kenya on the wings of Equality Now, World Policy and World Bank for a summit titled A better Workplace and Environment for Women: Achieving the SDGs, Law and Policy Commitments in Africa.
Ensuring women have equal opportunities in the workplace matters for individual women, families, and entire economies. Yet for too many women, sexual harassment and gender discrimination at work, including in laws and policies, continue to impose barriers to full participation in the labor force. These gaps need to be addressed for governments to ensure women and girls realize their rights and to achieve the SDGs with leading women’s organizations across Africa advancing critical work in this area, hence the reason for this summit. Equality Now’s Africa Regional Office, and the WORLD Policy Analysis Center (WORLD),in collaboration with the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law project, convened this summit in Nairobi, on “A Better Workplace and Environment for Women: Achieving the SDGs, Law and Policy Commitments in Africa”.
The aim of this summit was to improve workplace and environmental conditions for women, this was done by providing organizations with a comparative view of how their laws compare to that of similar countries, as well as gaps relative to international and regional agreements, best practices on gender-based workplace discrimination and sexual harassment; training organizations to advocate for reform on these issues using the SDGs and Maputo Protocol and proffering solutions to the problem of workplace sexual harassment. It was a collaborative capacity building and knowledge exchange workshop, with insightful conversations and contributions from all attendees from different African countries which lasted 4 days, from 28th May 2018 – 31st May 2018.
Opportunities were explored, that supported the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Maputo Protocol), to address legislative gaps, implement laws that do exist, and build grassroots advocacy campaigns. Partners had the opportunity to learn from new global research, share insights, success stories and challenges, highlight areas for future work, and propose advocacy campaigns for law reform and implementation.
At the end of this 4-day summit, approximately 14 partners from 12 countries across Africa, that work on women’s rights and discrimination were trained, to equip them with the necessary skills, knowledge and resources to enable them carry out the law reform and implementation campaigns in their countries and ensure women know and claim their rights. Organizations that are interested in carrying out national level campaigns on law reform related to sexual harassment and sex discrimination in the workplace were identified, and will be supported by Equality Now to map out intervention and change pathways, with the aim of supporting national campaigns on law reform, with regard to sexual harassment and/or discrimination in the workplace using the SDGs, the Maputo Protocol as well international law.