Freedom of Information (FOI): Women's Rights in Africa

Cover page of the publication: “Freedom of Information (FOI) & Women’s Rights in Africa”  

UNESCO and the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) are organizing a roundtable discussion during which the book Freedom of Information (FOI) and Women’s Rights in Africa will be launched. The meeting will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 16 March 2010 to explore the links between enhanced information flows, women’s empowerment and gender equality, and to promote stronger involvement by women organizations in advancing freedom of information in Africa.

This event is part of the activities planned by UNESCO to celebrate International Women’s Day 2010. It builds on an ongoing regional project launched by FEMNET and UNESCO, the goal of which is to foster women’s engagement in the drafting, approval and implementation of FOI laws in Africa.

The resource book emphasizes the importance of FOI for women’s well-being, their empowerment and fulfilment of their basic rights, as well as for strengthening the actions of organizations working toward these goals and holding governments accountable for their commitments. However, it also highlights the limited participation of women organizations in FOI-related processes in the featured countries, among which only South Africa has a FOI law, while campaigns advocating such laws are undergoing different stages in the others.

The roundtable will facilitate a debate on these issues between the researchers involved in the study, international experts and practitioners from other parts of the world. It is expected that the discussion will generate new insights and help shape strategies to advance the engagement of organizations focusing on women’s issues in collective efforts to promote freedom of information in the continent. The meeting also aims to facilitate a more complete realization of African women’s right to know.


Type of Event Category 8-Symposia
Start 16.03.2010 08:00 local time
End 16.03.2010 11:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Turtia, Tarja
Organizer UNESCO, Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace (FED)
Contact Tarja Turtia
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters, Fontenoy building
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room IV
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants 100
Official Website
Link 1 Freedom of Information (FOI) & Women’s Rights in Africa
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