The sustainable development goals (SDGs) aim to address the root causes of poverty, and underline the universal need for an inclusive and resilient development. Investing in gender equality and women’s empowerment in policies and programmes are pre-requisites for effective delivery of the SDGs.
The concept of ‘resilience’ is becoming increasingly utilized in development programming. It is commonly understood to encompass a broad-based multi-sectoral development that includes the many ways in which individuals (men and women, boys and girls) and livelihood systems mitigate, adapt, recover, and learn from shocks and stresses; the longer-term goal being to reduce vulnerability and increase well-being. In the context of development, ’resilience’ hence bridges humanitarian responses and longer-term development. The frequent exposure to multiple and interlinked resilience challenges, slows down development progress and threaten sustainability of programmatic interventions.
In light of this, UN Women, in partnership with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), together with FAO, GROOTS Kenya, IFAD, IOM, SEI, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNEP, UN Habitat, UNISDR, WFP and other partners proposes to hold a regional Sharefair on Gender and Resilience with the theme of ‘Strengthening Resilience by Empowering Women’. The event will be held 9-10 November in Nairobi, Kenya. The sharing and learning event will provide opportunity to further explore the role of women in building and strengthening resilience and promote dialogue and sharing of experiences on gender-responsive resilience-related programmes and policies in Africa to accelerate development and humanitarian response and the overall achievement of the SDGs.
The Sharefair planning committee has made a call for both relevant papers and cutting-edge innovations from across Africa that best demonstrate gender-responsive resilience in action. To learn more about application guidelines, selection process and eligibility, download the calls here: