April 24, 2014
For Immediate Release
African Women Convene to Deliberate and Strategize on Political Leadership
African women from 15 countries across the continent gathered in Nairobi, Kenya from April 23rd to the 24th to deliberate and strategize on women’s political leadership in Africa. Convened by FEMNET (African Women’s Development and Communication Network) and Urgent Action Fund – Africa (UAF-Africa), the meeting engaged seasoned politicians, aspirants, women’s rights activists, leading organizations engaged in enhancing women’s political leadership, donors, UN agencies and the media.
Participants discussed the varying socio-political contexts in which women in politics operate, including increasing militarism and fundamentalisms across the region. Personal accounts of political journeys were also shared over the course of the two days. The meeting was a vibrant gathering that enabled dialogue and debate on issues of political leadership, fostered cross continental learning and served as an agenda setting and planning meeting for a larger convening on African Women’s Political Leadership that will take place in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire in November 2014 that is expected to bring together over 200 participants.
The Abidjan conference will be a follow up to the Women Steering Innovative Leadership in Africa (WSILA) International Conference that was convened by Urgent Action Fund-Africa and her partners including FEMNET in Malawi in September 2013. Ndana Tawamba, Executive Director of UAF-Africa noted that “The conference contributed towards the identification and development of visionary, feminist, transformative women leaders who are able to engage comfortably in and influence issues of national, regional and international nature.” The conference addressed the obstacles to women’s integration into leadership, contributed to the process of bringing gender equality issues to the centre of national priorities, and helped to build the expertise of African women leaders to impact on significant socio-political, economic and environmental issues.
“The two-day meeting concluded with a collective roadmap for the Abidjan conference as well as more broadly garnering consensus on an action-oriented agenda for furthering women’s political leadership across the African continent”, said Dinah Musindarwezo, Executive Director of FEMNET.
For more information, contact:
Head of Communications, FEMNET
Communications & Knowledge Management Program Officer, UAF-Africa