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Advisory Group on Gender Issues (AGGI)


To support gender mainstreaming and gender equality across all levels of UN-Habitat, the Advisory Group on Gender Issues (AGGI) was formed in 2012, following the World Urban Forum 6 in Naples, on the initiative of Huairou Commission, UN Habitat, and Norway with support from Ghana, Tanzania, and Zambia.

The objective of AGGI is to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality in sustainable urban development. This is achieved through the provision of strategic guidance and advice, across policies, programme of work and budgeting at global, regional, national and local levels. This is done taking note of gender evaluations, resolutions and the wider UN context for coherent work on women’s empowerment and gender equality.

AGGI is guided by principles of integrity, transparency, trust and accountability and is made up of members nominated with a consideration of age, gender and regional balances, and professional backgrounds. Members are selected through a rigorous and transparent process.

AGGI was actively involved in developing the Gender Equality Action Plan which serves as a guide to achieve UN-Habitat’s policy and plan for gender equality and the empowerment of women in urban and human settlements through its mission of supporting UN-Habitat to achieve and implement the NUA. AGGI was also involved in the drafting and negotiation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), and played an important role in the focus on gender equality evident in the Agenda.

AGGI is supported by a secretariat which is based in UN-Habitat’s Gender Equality Unit and is responsible for facilitating all communication between AGGI and UN-Habitat, and by Gender Focal Points at headquarters and in the regional offices in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Arab States.

Read more: AGGI Progress Report 2015

AGGI members
The current AGGI members are:

  • Aminata Dramane Traoré (Chair AGGI), who is a Former Minister of Culture and Tourism of Mali from 1997 to 2000 as well as an author, politician, gender and political activist
  • Ana Falú, a professor and researcher at the National University of Cordoba, Argentina, a former regional director UNIFEM, Co-founder of the Women and Habitat Network for America Latina
  • Carmen Griffiths, the Executive Director of the Construction Resource and Development Center, Jamaica
  • Diane Dumashie, a land economist
  • Esther Mwaura-Muiru, Founder and Coordinator, GROOTS Kenya
  • Janice Peterson, Chair of Huairou Commission
  • Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women
  • Siraj Sait, reader and head of research, University of East London
  • Sri Sofjan, Huairou Commission, Penang Malaysia
  • Teresa Boccia, professor of urban planning, Federico II University of Naples – Faculty of Architecture and LUPT Interdepartmental Research Centre, Italy
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