Central to FEMNET'S vision is the empowerment of women and the promotion of gender equality which is also one of the Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs) aimed at alleviating world poverty by 2015. MDG 3 specifically looks at the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women. Gender equality is
also entrenched in Article 2 of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights onthe Rights of Women in Africa.
Gender mainstreaming was the overall strategy adopted in the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action at the Fourth World Conference on Women to support the goal
of Gender Equality. The political rationale for this strategy follows on from what Feminist advocates had been struggling to establish, which is to ensure that gender
is not at the margins of development practice, but rather gender should be brought into center stage of development (Razavi, 1997).