About Us

FEMNET (The African Women’s Development and Communication Network) is a feminist, pan-African organization with over 500 individual and institutional members in 43 countries in Africa and in the diaspora working to amplify African women’s voices and advance women’s rights.

Established in 1988 with her secretariat based in Nairobi, Kenya, FEMNET continues to strengthen the role and contribution of African CSOs focusing on women’s rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment. Over the years FEMNET has played a central role in facilitating the sharing of information, experiences, ideas and strategies among African women’s NGOs and individual activists as a strategy for strengthening women’s capacity to participate effectively in development processes at different levels.

FEMNET has played a lead role in building the women’s movement in Africa and has ensured that African women voices are amplified and influence decisions made at national, regional and global levels, which have direct and indirect impact on their lives.

Following the development of its Strategic Plan for the period 2014-2018 , the following Vision, Mission and Core Values will guide FEMNET.


An African society where gender equality is achieved and women and girls enjoy all their rights and live in dignity.


To mobilise African women for achievement of gender equality and the realisation of women’s and girls’ rights at all levels.

FEMNET's Core Values

Commitment to women’s rights
Gender equality and solidarity
Respect for diversity