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Women, Gender and Development (WGDD)

Women, Gender and Development (WGDD)

The Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD) is responsible for leading, guiding, defending and coordinating the AU's efforts on gender equality and development and promoting women's empowerment by ensuring that African countries comply with the AU Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA). The Directorate designs programmes and projects based on the policies and frameworks adopted by AU Member States. It also oversees the development and harmonization of gender policies; defines strategies for gender mainstreaming within the Commission, AU organs and Member States; and supports capacity building by providing training on gender policies and instruments.

The Directorate advances gender equality and women's empowerment at the continental and international levels, with a view to giving new impetus to the commitments agreed at the global and regional levels in the following areas: poverty and women's economic empowerment and entrepreneurship; agriculture and food security; women's health, maternal mortality and HIV/AIDS; education, science and technology; environment and climate change; peace and security; violence against women; governance and legal protection; finance and budget; women in decision-making positions; promotion of youth (women and men) and women in gender equality; empowerment of women.

The mission of the Directorate is to ensure the implementation of the AU Strategy on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment (GEWE) in order to ensure the inclusion of women in Africa's development agenda.



Mahawa Kaba Wheeler, Guinea


  • Gender Policy and Development Division
  • Coordination and awareness-raising on gender equality