The Lilongwe Declaration: Africa CSW67 Disrupt

We, the delegates of the Africa CSW67 meeting physically and virtually comprising of more than 200 distinguished delegates from 21 African countries[1] convened in Lilongwe, Malawi from the 28th February to the 2nd March 2023 for the second African Commission on the Status of Women and Girls (Africa CSW). Representation included women, girls, non-binary persons, persons with disabilities, government representatives, members of the Malawi parliament, political leaders, traditional leaders, women and girls living in rural areas and informal settlements, media representatives, development partners (UN agencies, bilateral and multilateral partners and INGOs) and private sector.​​

Under the theme Unpacking Innovation, Technology and Education in the Digital Age for Women and Girls, the delegates re-emphasized the contribution of African women and girls innovators in technological advancements in their countries, continentally and globally; reflected on the progress and challenges on the technological gender divide; consolidated perspectives from localized contexts and co-developed a common agenda and voice on advancing gender transformative policies and practices that are centred on safety, well-being, inclusivity, affordability and sustainability. The deep conversations and provocations challenged the patriarchal and colonial underpinnings embedded in the design of digital technology.

[1] Swaziland, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Angola, Mozambique, Ghana, Senegal, Ethiopia, South Africa, Benin, The Gambia, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Niger, Madagascar, Togo and Mali.

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For more information on the Lilongwe declaration and FEMNET’s contribution to the sixty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women contact Maureen Olyaro via Rachel Kagoiya via 

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