FECCLAHA participated in the commemoration of the International Women’s Day 2020 held in Nairobi Kenya upon invitation by its partner; the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC).
The celebration, held on the 6th of March , a day which coincided with the World Day of Prayer, brought together faith actors such as Side by Side Faith Gender Justice Movement, AACC member churches, National Council of Churches in Kenya (NCCK), Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM), Christian Aid, World Council of Churches (WCC) ,and ACT Alliance as well as civil society organizations including National Gender Equality Commission (NGEC) , The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) and Men for the Equality of Women and Men amongst others.
The International Women’s Day celebration traces back to the early 1900s, a period marked with great unrest and critical debates amongst women , all spurred by oppression and inequality against women globally. The pursuit for equality and change continued until 1911, when the day was marked formally.To date, March 8th, the International Women’s Day is marked globally with the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women being the core of the celebrations.
This year’s theme; Each for Equal, acknowledged that an equal world is an enabled world and highlighted the role of both men and women towards the realization of an equal world.This aimed at celebrating the achievements of an African woman, acknowledging and highlighting the milestones achieved by African women in various fronts, recognizing men as allies in the realization of equality as well as strengthening relationships between faith actors.
Emphasis was laid on the participation of women in peace building, ending Gender Based Violence (GBV) through the adoption of strategies to end GBV, and the involvement of faith leaders/ perspectives in the implementation of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment strategy within the African Union Agenda 2063.