The solutions associated with public participation would help fill in gender data gaps on women in government, civil registration and vital statistics, intra-household decision making, and on voting.
These solutions address Targets 5.4 (household responsibilities), 5.5 (women’s participation in decision making), 16.6 (transparent and accountable institutions), 16.7 (representative decision making), and 16.9 (legal identity and birth registration).
Beyond the SDGs, public participation encapsulates the fourth aspiration of African Union Commission’s Agenda 2063, a peaceful and secure Africa, consisting of “an entrenched and flourishing culture of human rights, democracy, gender equality, inclusion and peace; prosperity, security and safety for all citizens; and mechanisms to promote and defend the continent’s collective security and interests”.
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