SheDecides Flagship Event

Location: 012 Central Precinct, Pretoria, South Africa

Date: 1 March 2018

Post-event press release: 7 March 2018

Building sustainable leadership in East & Southern Africa with young people and politicians, the leaders of today and tomorrow.

SheDecides Champion Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs and Leading Champion South African Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, supported by UNFPA ESARO, invited all SheDecides Champions and over 200 young people and politicians from East and Southern Africa to the SheDecides Day Flagship event held at 012 Central precinct, managed by City Property. This event marked the first anniversary of the SheDecides pledging conference and invites leaders from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

SheDecides is a political movement with community support. In the first year, it has evolved from two words, to a pledging conference in Europe, to a global movement mobilising 36 champions and more than 40,000 friends. One year on, SheDecides is reaching all corners of the world. The Flagship event reflects that the movement is now building sustainable change with politicians and young leaders in Africa – the voters and leaders of the future – stepping forward to make sure that today, and in the future, every girl and every woman can decide what happens with her body.

The Flagship was focused on the three pillars of the SheDecides movement:

- Stand Up, Speak Out: Leaders in all countries standing up and speaking out for girls and women
- Change the Rules: Changing laws, policies and practices that stop girls and women from deciding
- Unlock Resources: Building capacity and increasing financial resources from governments and foundations

Bold, dynamic and challenging the status quo, the event featured TED style talks and panel discussions, art and performance, with highlights from MTV Shuga and Soul City. Before the main event on 1 March, there was an open meeting for civil society in the region to explore the potential of a Southern African SheDecides movement. Immediately before the Flagship event over 70 young people from the region met for a caucus; and the day after there was a a closed meeting for SheDecides Champions to discuss the future of the movement.     

Programme here. Photos below courtesy of UNFPA ESARO.