The West African Civil Society Forum WACSOF, in partnership with the Ford Foundation, is convening a Regional Meeting on the theme: ‘Strategizing towards ending Early Marriage in West Africa’.
DATE: 6th - 7th November 2013
VENUE: Gombe Jewel Hotel, Wuse II, Abuja, Nigeria.
The regional meeting aims to bring civil society organizations across West Africa to strategize on how to end child marriage in the region based on previous actions as well as emerging challenges. Participants to this important gathering will include regional experts from various civil society organizations, victims of Child Marriage, the media, international partners, relevant government representatives and the diplomatic corps.
Enhancing Good Governance and Human Security through Community Appropriation of International norms'.
The West Africa Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) in collaboration with the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation concluded on 19-20 September 2013 a two-day regional workshop on the issue, using an interdisciplinary approach with specialists in Political Science, International Law, Sociology, Anthropology, Communication. The objective of the regional workshop was to look at how to increase communities' access and enhance populations' awareness of binding international norms, charters, conventions, policies and instruments on Democratic Governance with the aim to increase Human Security in West Africa.
As we prepare for the Regional Contact Meeting on Strategizing to end Early Marriage in West Africa which will hold between 6 and 7 November 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria, in partnership with the Ford Foundation, WACSOF is also involvement in a related area which is Population and Development.
WACSOF is participating in the African Regional Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Post 2014 held in Addis Ababa under the theme: Harnessing the Demographic Dividends – the future we want for Africa. This continental meeting is in line with the +2014 Agenda and the post MDGS which are being considered at various levels and is sponsored by the ICPD, UNDP, IPPF, inter alia. The main objective of the continental meeting is to draft an African Civil Society Common Position on Population and Development which is to be integrated into the African States Common Position post MDGs which, in turn, will be presented at the UN global level.
The West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) is a platform for the aggregation of civil society agency, interests, and interventions across the 15 states of West Africa. It was founded with the sole purpose of channeling civil society energies towards complimenting the regional integration and development agenda of the ECOWAS ‘System’ Institutions. The organization has passed through different stages of developments in its internal organizational processes and programmatic experiences. This section will describe WACSOF’s establishment and development over the years since its founding in 2003.
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