A propos de FEMNET

Le Réseau de Développement et de Communication des Femmes Africaines (FEMNET) est une organisation non gouvernementale (ONG) régionale basée sur l’adhésion. Il opère à travers les Points Focaux Sous-régionaux et Nationaux (PFN) dont la plupart sont des organisations faîtières de réseaux de femmes. FEMNET a été mis en place en 1988 en vue de partager des informations, des expériences, des idées et des stratégies entre les ONG de femmes africaines comme une stratégie de renforcement des capacités des femmes afin de participer efficacement au développement de notre continent. Cela se fait à travers le plaidoyer, la formation, la communication et le réseautage.

Notre Herstory

La Décennie de la Femme a joué un rôle très crucial, non pour le gouvernement, mais pour les femmes. La sensibilisation des femmes est venue à l’avant-garde et elles ont eu de l’espace officielle pour s’organiser, faire le réseautage et mobiliser les unes les autres … “Lorsque nous avons formé le Comité d’organisation des ONG du Kenya, nous ne disposions pas d’un ordre du jour. Toutefois, nous avons vite commencé à comprendre notre rôle et nous avons organisé une réunion à Arusha. Lorsque nous sommes revenues d’Arusha, nous avions un mandat supplémentaire d’aider les femmes africaines à s’organiser pour venir à Nairobi … Après le Forum de Nairobi, nous avons dû créer FEMNET et je me rappelle que je me suis assise des nuits entières pour rédiger des projets et la constitution pour faire enregistrer FEMNET en vue d’avoir un espace de bureau, mais en même temps nous avions l’habitude de nous rencontrer ici. Cette même véranda – est là où FEMNET est né … Notre force motrice était de voir comment obtenir des voix maximales du continent africain à Nairobi (’85) et au-delà car, à ce moment, la voix de la femme africaine n’était pas entendue dans les arènes internationales”.

FEMNET (Réseau de Développement et de Communication des Femmes Africaines) est une organisation féministe panafricaine de plus de 500 membres individuels et institutionnels dans 43 pays en Afrique et dans la diaspora; il travaille pour amplifier la voix de la femme africaine et promouvoir les droits des femmes. Créé en 1988 avec son secrétariat basé à Nairobi, au Kenya, FEMNET continue à renforcer le rôle et la contribution des OSC africaines axées sur les droits des femmes, l'égalité des sexes et l'autonomisation des femmes. Au fil des ans FEMNET a joué un rôle central en facilitant le partage d’informations, d'expériences, d'idées et de stratégies entre les ONG de femmes africaines et les militants individuels comme une stratégie visant à renforcer la capacité des femmes afin de participer efficacement au processus de développement à différents niveaux.

FEMNET a joué un rôle de premier plan dans l’édification du mouvement des femmes en Afrique et a veillé à ce que les voix des femmes africaines soient amplifiées et qu’elles influencent les décisions prises aux niveaux national, régional et mondial, qui ont certes un impact direct et indirect sur leur vie.

Suite à l'élaboration de son plan stratégique pour la période de 2014-2018, la vision, la mission et les valeurs fondamentales suivantes guideront FEMNET.

Vision

Une société africaine où l'égalité des sexes est atteinte et les femmes et les filles jouissent de tous leurs droits et vivent dans la dignité.

Mission

Mobilisation des femmes africaines pour la réalisation de l'égalité des sexes et celle des droits des femmes et des filles à tous les niveaux.

Valeurs Fondamentales de FEMNET

  • o Engagement aux droits des femmes
  • o Egalité des sexes et solidarité
  • o Respect de la diversité
  • o Intégrité
  • o Professionnalisme

To steer FEMNET’s leadership in the period 2014-2016, FEMNET members elected the following dedicated and passionate team, who provide an oversight and role for the Secretariat:-


Chairperson
Ms. Emma Kaliya (Malawi)
Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre (MHRRC)
Email: ekaliya@humanrights.mw; emmakaliya@yahoo.co.uk


Treasurer
Mrs. Nancy Gitonga (Kenya)
African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) – Kenya
Email: nnancygitonga@gmail.com


Member of the Executive Board (Representing Southern Africa)
Ms. Rafa Valente Machava (Mozambique)
Forum Muhler
Email: muleide@tvcabo.co.mz


Member of the Executive Board (Representing Western Africa)
Ms. Charity Binka (Ghana)
Women Media and Change (WOMEC)
Email: cbinka@gmail.com


Member of the Executive Board (Representing Central Africa)
Mrs. Anatolie Ndayishimiye (Burundi)
Collectif des Associatons et Ong Feminines du Burundi (CAFOB)
Email: cafob.cafob@yahoo.fr; ndayanatolie@yahoo.fr


Member of the Executive Board (Representing Eastern Africa)
Ms. Patricia Munabi Babiiha (Uganda)
Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE)
Email: fowode@utlonline.co.ug; pmunabi@yahoo.com


Member of the Executive Board (Representing Northern Africa)
Mrs. Hassania Chalbi Drissi (Tunisia)
Association pour la Promotion des  Femmes Entrepreneurs  (APROFE)
Email: hassania.chalbi-drissi@laposte.net 


Immediate Past Chair FEMNET (Ex-Officio)
Mrs. Mama Koité Doumbia (Mali)
Email: mama_koite@yahoo.fr; dmamakoite@gmail.com


Executive Director (Ex-Officio)
Ms. Dinah Musindarwezo
Executive Director
P O Box 54562, 00200, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 2712971/2
Fax: +254 20 2712974
Email: director@femnet.or.ke; admin@femnet.or.ke


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Institutional Development & Coordination Team
(Backbone)

Dinah Musindarwezo, (Rwanda/Kenya) is the Executive Director. She is a gender equality advocate with over ten years of experience working on issues of gender and development, women’s empowerment and human rights at national, regional (Africa) and international levels. Dinah is a feminist who is passionate about advocating for gender justice and equal rights for all. She is open-minded, positive and eager to learn from others as she believes that learning is an endless journey. Dinah is a member of UN Women Africa Regional Civil Society Advisory Group, is a Co-Chair of NGOCSW Africa and a Board member of Center for Citizens’ Participation at African Union (CCP-AU). She holds a Master’s degree in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, UK, and a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. She joined FEMNET in December 2011 and she is in charge of management of the day to day running of the organization. Connect with Dinah at director@femnet.or.ke  and/or @DinahRwiza.

Rose Akinyi, (Kenya) is the Executive Office Manager. She is a holder of a Diploma in Business Management. She has been with FEMNET since 1995 and plays a central role in facilitating all the Program Staff to do their work and ensures a smooth running of the Secretariat. Rose loves listening to music and watching movies. Reach her on email: admin@femnet.or.ke

Grace Wambui, (Kenya) is the Receptionist. She is a holder of a Certificate in Reception Management. She has been with FEMNET since 1998 and works closely with the Executive Office Manager, specifically to manage the front office affairs. Reach her on email: reception@femnet.or.ke

Margaret Ndung’u, (Kenya) is the Office Assistant. She is a holder of a Certificate in Reception Management. She has been with FEMNET since 2000 and works closely with the Executive Office Manager to manage daily office affairs. Reach her on email: reception@femnet.or.ke

Mary Mugane, (Kenya) is the Office Driver and has been with FEMNET since 1999. She coordinates all office errands and works with the Executive Office Manager to manage the transportation and movements of staff and visitors on official duty. Reach her on email: reception@femnet.or.ke

Martin Odera, (Kenya) is the Finance Manager. He is a holder of a Bachelors Degree in Economics and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He has been with FEMNET since 2004. He coordinates the financial and accounting activities. His duties include coordinating development of strategic budgets, financial reports and accounting for internal and external uses, coordinating audit processes, coordinates procurement activities (he is the procurement focal person), setting up and maintaining the financial, administration policies and procedures and strategies (including  designing internal control system and subsequent management), monitoring and evaluating organisation’s  incomes and expenditures against approved budgets and reporting on the variances (variance analysis); Conducting risk assessments (risk analysis, monitoring and mitigation)  including setting up risk registers). He describes himself as modern Keynesian Economist. Martin is a great farmer and avid reader of macroeconomic issues. Follow him on twitter: @odera_martin and reach him on email: finance@femnet.or.ke, Skype: martin.odera

Mary Thiang’au, (Kenya) is the Finance Officer. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K) – Section II and holder of a Diploma in Gender and Development. She has been with FEMNET since 1999 and works closely with the Finance Manager to coordinate financial management processes. Reach her on email: financeassistant@femnet.or.ke

Advocacy Team
(Nerve Centre of Innovation)

Hellen Apila, (Uganda) is the Head of Advocacy. She describes herself as a Pan African-Ugandan activist and self motivated African feminist.  She holds a Masters degree in Gender and Development studies from the University of Bergen Norway, a Research fellow at the University of Sydney and has over 12 years experience in Gender and Development work. Prior to joining FEMNET, she had worked with ActionAid Uganda in the last 10 years in various positions including: Programme officer, Development Area Coordinator and National Programme Coordinator-Women Rights and Gender Equality. Hellen loves interacting with fellow women and having fun and she is an avid reader of inspirational books for personal development as well as books on leadership and general development matters. Follow her on twitter: @apila_helen and reach her on email: advocacy@femnet.or.ke

Kennedy Otina, (Kenya) is the Programme Associate for the Men to Men Regional Programme. He has been with FEMNET since 2004. Ken’s main role is to coordinate the scaling up of the Men to Men programme to cover Uganda, Malawi, Mali, Tanzania, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since 2013, he has been working with religious and cultural leaders in Tharaka-nithi and Homabay counties in Kenya to enhance capacities and champion the ending of socio-cultural practices deeply-rooted in their communities such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and wife inheritance as a strategy to promote sexual and reproductive rights for women and girls. Ken is a digital photo enthusiast and enjoys music (be it composing, dancing and watching). Follow him on twitter: @jakateng and reach him on email: mentomen@femnet.or.ke

Janet Amito (Uganda), an FK Fellow attached to the advocacy department where she spends productive time; conceptualizing new projects and mobilizing resources for advocacy programs, providing technical and programmatic leadership for quality implementation of advocacy programmes and developing advocacy materials and tools in focus areas of sexual reproductive and health rights, violence against women and girls, women and the economy, women in political leadership and decision making. With her Bachelors in Education and post graduate in Management coupled with her wealth of experience in management and institutional capacity strengthening, Janet aspires for a society of fairness, justice and gender equality that is why she considers herself a diehard feminist and feels blessed to be part of an organization that indefatigably works towards achieving a world free of economic, political and social inequalities based on gender. Janet loves singing, watching movies and reading motivational books. Follow her on twitter: @amitojan and reach her on email: amijan66@gmail.com

Communication Team
(Heartbeat)

Rachel Kagoiya, (Kenya) is the Information Manager and currently acting as the Head of Communication. Rachel manages the production, repackaging and dissemination of various knowledge and information products including the monthly E-Bulletins, the African Women’s Journal, website, blog page, social media platforms, and the Gender & Development Resource Centre. Rachel describes herself as a passionate advocate for women’s rights, climate justice and a great team leader with strong organizing and interpersonal skills. She is a holder of a Bachelors Degree in Education and Masters in Library & Information Science. She has been with FEMNET since June 2006. Rachel loves travelling, environmental conservation and reading inspirational books (particularly the Bible). Follow her on twitter: @rkagoiy and reach her on email: library@femnet.or.ke

Isabella Ngarurirwe (Uganda), an FK fellow currently on an exchange program here in Kenya and working with FEMNET in the communications department since May 2015. She is a Demographer by profession with expertise in research. She is passionate about health and gender. At FEMNET she works on the Freedom of Information (FOI) project under which she is undertaking a research on enhanced linkages between FOI laws and the advancement of women’s rights as well as the participation of women’s rights organizations in the enactment of FOI laws in various countries. She supports the management of social media platforms and compilation monthly E-bulletins. Follow her on twitter: @ingarurirwe and reach her on email: ingarurirwe2@gmail.com

Felsiter Gitonga (Kenya), is currently interning in the communication department. She is a passionate pan-African feminist who enjoys working in the women’s rights movement. She holds a Degree in Journalism and Media Studies, with a major in Development Communication. At FEMNET, Felister has been supporting the production and dissemination of various knowledge products such as the monthly E-bulletin as well as managing the social media platforms, ensuring vibrant conversations and keeping users and followers abreast of diverse women’s rights issues. She enjoys reading, watching movies, dancing and traveling. Follow her on twitter: @makandigitonga and reach her on email: felistergitonga@gmail.com

FEMNET – African Women’s Development & Communication Network

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KUSCCO Center
Upper Hill-Kilimanjaro Road, off Mara Road
P.O. Box 54562, 00200 Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 2712971/2
Cell:+254 725 766932
Fax: +254 20 2712974
E-mail: admin@femnet.or.ke
Website: www.femnet.org