The United Nations declared 1976-1985 the Decade of Women, which created an international consensus on the importance of women’s political and social equality. The African Women’s Decade began in 2010. And in the United States, analysts have called 1992, 2012, and 2013 the Year of the Woman. For the last forty-plus years, since the student revolts of the ‘68 generation, media pundits, activists, and cultural savants have repeatedly announced that women have toppled male hegemony.
On October 27, 2013, AWiB hosted the Women of Excellence Gala Awards at the Sheraton Addis to feature the work and contributions of the five nominees and awarded Sara Mohammed the winner for the year.
When I think of gender and development practice, what immediately comes to mind are endless workshops, conferences, seminars, roundtables, policy briefings and media statements, addressed to the converted, semi-converted and pretenders.