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United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW)

Burundi and Women's Political participation -The role of the United Nations Office in Burundi

Expert Group Meeting on "Democratic Governance in Africa: Strategies for Greater Participation of Women", Arusha, Tanzania from 6 to 8 December 2005: The UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa convened this Expert Group Meeting. One of the key objectives of the Meeting was to analyze the progress and
impediments to achieving gender equality in the political process in selected African countries, including post-conflict countries.

UN WomenWatch (Women of the World: Africa): The UN Internet Gateway on the Advancement and Empowerment of Women. Links to Beijing Conference documents, statistics and Commission on the Status of Women meetings.

United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Regional Office for East, Central and the Horn of Africa: This site provides a plentiful amount of information about a wide variety of topics and issues affecting women in Africa. The site describes UNIFEM's regional projects, offers on-line documents about women's human rights and highlights ways to support their efforts to eradicate FGM in Mali. 

UNDP Gender in Development: This guide offers a more structured overview of the subject than is possible through the search option. Organizational sources (which include descriptions of organizations, databases and discussion lists) are arranged into useful groups. (See also: UNIFEM's new programme to help bridge the digital divide in Africa by providing women with access to information communication technologies (ICTs); Women, Peace and Security)

Africa Centre for Women of the UN-ECA
:  This site of the African Centre for Women (ACW) of the United Nations Economic Comission of Africa in Ethiopia provides useful information such as "News from around Africa" and "Meetings and Events on Africa".

IRIN (Gender Issues): This site of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs provides latest news on African gender issues as well as interviews.

Gender Net (World Bank Group): World Bank Group's resources, which provides useful links to African women-related themes such as "Gender and the Digital Divide" and "Gender Chapter of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP)" (See Gender - Sub-Saharan Africa for World Bank's resources, specifically on gender in Sub-Saharan Africa).

Gender Mainstreaming (CivPol Unmik)

Famafrique (Le site web des femmes d'Afrique francophone): This is an information website for Francophone African women's development (Le site web des femmes d'Afrique francophone: un espace d'information et de resources sur le dZveloppement durable pour les femmes d'Afrique).

FEMNET: It monitors activities geared towards raising the status of African women especially in the implementation of the Nairobi Forward Looking Strategies, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, and the African and Global Platforms for Action.

Improving Women's Access to Credit: This site provides a useful overview of women's credit needs, financial services, and credit programs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Case studies include Benin and Tanzania. There is also bibliographic information and links to other websites.

African Women Global Network (AWOGNet): This is a global organization that works with individuals and organizations within Africa to improve the living conditions of women and children in Africa. Its "Map of Africa", which is a clickable map,  is particularly useful, as one can click on a country for further useful links and information. 

Flame: Flame is a network of African sisters online committed to strengthening the capacity of women through the use of ICTs to lobby, advocate and participate in the Beijing +5 process regionally and globally. 

Women's Net: Sponsored by the non-governmental Sangonet and the government's Commission on Gender Equality, this site (new in 1998) focuses on internet resources for women's social action. Its "New this Week" page is a valuable guide to new resources not only on South Africa but also on other countries.

African Online (Africa women)


The Africa regional programme of APC's Women's Networking Support Programme: Association for Progressive Communication (APC)-Africa-Women gathers and works together with women and women's organizations in Africa and all over the world, focusing on African women's empowerment through Information Facilitation, Regional Support, Policy and Advocacy, Training and Research in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

Women in Development Network (WIDNET): Africa page: This site has extensive statistics, links, directory, and database on international and women's issues.

Association of African Women Scholars (AAWS): AAWS is a worldwide organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging scholarship on African women in African Studies, forging intellectual links and networks with scholars, activists, students, and policy makers inside and outside Africa, and participating actively in continental and global debates on issues specifically relevant or related to African women.

allAfrica.com: Women: Links to current Africa women news from around the continent.

GAIN: Gender in Africa Information Network: This site aims to facilitate communication, discussion and information sharing between organisations and people interested in gender and women's issues in Africa. As a network, GAIN is committed to making indigenous information on women and gender valued, visible and accessible globally and participate in the global information society in order to promote gender justice and women's rights in Africa.  

AWOGNet - African Women Global Network: This is a website of AWOG (a network of national organizations within Africa, whose activities are targeted towards the improvement of the living conditions of women and children in Africa).

Africa Resource Center: A bibliographic listing of journal articles and books related to gender issues. Several of the listings have links to full-text online articles.

African Gender Institute: This site was established by the University of Cape Town in 1996 to further gender equity in Africa; one can access links to other gender sites, and the Gender Research and Contacts Database.

Afrol.com: This site provides the latest news stories related to gender issues. Updated daily. In particular, its "Women & Gender News Page" contains more features about the issues related to women in Africa.

Gender Violence in African Schools: This is part of a UK Government (Department for International Development) funded research project and part of ID21 website hosted by the Institute of Development Studies (www.ids.ac.uk/ids), at the University of Sussex, UK.  This research project to raise awareness about gender violence in African schools and disseminate information on interesting initiatives. 

Women's Human Rights Net: It is the first global online community of women's human rights activists. It has interactive NEWS page. This site aims to promote advocacy through knowledge sharing of women's human rights issues and events such as women and armed conflict, which are relevant to African women.

Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children  

Girls' Education Initiative