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05 September 2018
"Equality: It's All In The Family" Review
On August 22, UNA-NCA’s Africa Affairs Committee and the Women's Learning Partnership collaborated with the George Washington University Gender Equality Initiative and the Institute of African Studies to host Women’s Learning Partnership(WLP) documentary film Equality: It's All in the Family. The film outlined some of the root causes of discriminatory laws and highlights pathways toward a legal reform.

Following the film, a vibrant panel discussion ensued,moderated by Paula Tavares, a from Women, Business, and The Law group at the World Bank, focusing on family law reform in African countries.
Opening_RemarksThe panelists came to a consensus that there can be no peace, security, or development without the involvement of women at all levels of decision-making processes within their respective governments. They also expressed the need for women to have a continued and a powerful voice against gender inequality and mentioned the need to implement critical international commitments including the support of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2063 Agenda of the African Union.

Ambassador Liberata Mulamula of Tanzania, from the GW Institute of African Studies, spoke about how every woman should be empowered to become drivers of social change in their communities. Speaking in her national capacity, she recounted several social challenges including inadequate and lack of access to education for girls, ensuring how some of these issues are intricately linked in achieving peace and security, human rights, and above all key development on the continent.

In the ensuing discussions, it is evident that women's voices should be heard rather than silenced in order to achieve gender equality. We need more women taking action to advance this vital work, the Ambassador cautioned. 
The overall objective of the event was to encourage the public, scholars, students, and policymakers interested in this issue to learn how inequitable family laws affect the security and well-being of women, girls, and their communities. 

The UNA-NCA Africa Affairs Committee is pleased to join WLP's global campaign and build on these efforts. We hope to continue to grow and catalyze the necessary investments to further advance this important campaign agenda to reform these family laws in Africa and beyond.