Open Sessions

SOU 3 - African cities with zero tolerance for violence against women and girls

23 Nov

23 November

14:30 to 17:30

Venue: Casablanca







Ministère de la Solidarité, de la Femme, de la Famille et du Développement social





Violence against women is one of the key missions of UN Women. There are a variety of forms of violence against women and UN Women is committed to combating them all. And the REFELA UCLG Africa-Permanent Commission on Gender Equality of UCLG Africa with its partner, the Minister of Solidarity, Women, Family and Social Development - MSFEDS of the Kingdom of Morocco, is taking part in this international fight and is organising, as part of the 8th edition of the Africities Summit, the open session aimed at presenting and launching the "Campaign# African Cities with zero tolerance for violence against women and girls". They also aim to make the fight against gender-based violence against African women and girls one of the priorities of the United Cities and Local and Regional Governments of Africa and the World, if they are committed to an egalitarian and just transition of Africa, in accordance with international agendas, specific to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls (SDG 5), by 2030. For REFELA-UCLG Africa and MSFEDS, it is a matter of proceeding with all the women and men invited and participating in the session, to officially launch the "1st Campaign# African Cities and Local Authorities with Zero Tolerance to Violence Against Women and Girls". The first actions of the campaign will be launched in January 2019. Framework Conventions will be signed between UCLG Africa-REFELA and the mayors of African cities who volunteer to participate in the Campaign# and work to reduce tolerance to zero in the face of violence against women and girls, in accordance with the SDGs, including the SDGs5 What commitments does this imply? Indeed, the first results of the system for assessing the level of tolerance of African cities towards violence, which REFELA is currently designing, will be shared and disseminated during the 9th edition of the Africities Summit in 2021.




  1. Opening remarks by the Minister
  2. Presentation of REFELA and the network’s interest in the Campaign#, by the mayor of the municipality Mandlakazi -Mozambique
  3. MSFEDS presentation
  4. Briefing by the Representative of the UN Women’s Office for the Maghreb
  5. Presentation of the main elements of the analytical report and the Campaign in brief by REFELA-UCLG Africa.