Since 2009 FEMNET has convened an Annual Regional Conference for African Women in Political Leadership as a platform for African women in political leadership to meet, interact, share experiences and collectively devise ways to overcome the persistent challenges that hinder women’s equal and effective participation in decision making processes. The conferences have been held in Togo (2009), Zambia (2010) and Kenya (2011) and the most recent in Malawi (2012).

FEMNET believes that through strategic networking, mentorship, peer learning, exposure, appropriate support mechanisms and enhanced linkages and collaboration between women in politics and leaders in the African women’s movement, the African women’s rights agenda for peace, gender equality and development can be achieved. African women in political leadership and the African women’s rights movement have the common agenda of consolidating the gains made in the last 17 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action at the Fourth World Conference on Women.

The Fourth Regional Conference took place in Malawi from 26-28th November, 2012 and brought together seasoned women politicians as well as political aspirants from countries holding elections in 2012-2015, leading women’s rights activists, civil society and research organizations engaged in women’s leadership development, and key development partners who support women’s political participation initiatives. Selected participants from the third regional conference in Kenya were invited for purposes of continuity. Participation included a number of young women political leaders and aspirants to foster intergenerational dialogue and networking.

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