FEMNET has since 2009 been hosting an Annual Conference for women in political leadership. The first Annual Conference took place in Lome, Togo bringing together delegates from 6 French speaking countries that had elections scheduled in 2009 – 2010. The Second Annual Conference was held in Lusaka, Zambia from 7th – 9th June 2010. The Conference was organized in collaboration with the Zambia Association for Research and Development (ZARD). Participants at the Conference were drawn from some of the Anglophone countries having presidential or parliamentary elections in 2010 – 2012 including: Botswana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Malawi, Mauritius, Kenya, Sudan, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. Participants comprised of female politicians, women’s rights activists and representatives from women organizations that provide leadership development support to women in active politics.

The objectives of the Annual Conference included:
a) Increase consciousness and appreciation of the role that women play and can/ should play in the process of building strong democratic societies;
b) Discuss ways of developing and sustaining strong networks to support women actively involved in politics in their respective countries, at the sub- regional level and across the region;
c) Profile different women leaders in the region that are flag bearers in political leadership at different levels.

This report documents the proceedings of the Second Regional Conference for African Women in Political Leadership which took place in Zambia in 2010.

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