Masimanyane's Thabisa Myataza Bobo has been invited to attend the Africa Regional Review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which is taking part in Addis Ababa this week.
Africa Beijing+20's various sessions are aimed at ensuring that the outcomes of the Africa review process are decisive, forward-looking and inclusive to ensure effective response to rising inequalities and persistent gender violence and discrimination.
Thabisa is taking part in various workshops and engagement sessions, including acting as lead in a femicide accountability workshop, with specific focus on developing the appropriate language in femicide accountability advocacy as part of Beijing+25's Advocacy in Practice (AiP) Training session.
This invitation-only session brings together 20 young feminist leaders and women’s rights advocates to enhance their advocacy skills in influencing regional and global advocacy spaces.
Thabisa is also attending a youth strategy meeting which is developing an African position document, to be infused into a broader Civil Society Organisations (CSO) position paper.
"This process is very important as the outcome document that we are working towards will be a draft that will be adopted by our Ministers," Thabisa says. "It is especially important for young women’s voices to be amplified in this space so that our our various challenges are fully integrated, and for us to ensure political buy-in through the commitments that the various ministers will make."
The Addis Ababa sessions will support advocates through their individual regions' review of Beijing +25, and to potentially attend a more in-depth second AiP in New York City ahead of the global review at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March 2020.
Participants will advocate with their governments to ensure that country positions taken in negotiations are grounded in national realities and commit to advancing the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) of women and young people.