Women Economists & Entrepreneurs in Africa

Reducing poverty in Africa requires massive policy shifts which can enable the poor and vulnerable who have remained on the periphery, to have a say on how trade arrangements are designed and implemented. It has often been propositioned that ‘trade’ and not ‘aid’ is the catalyst that will plunge African countries from unending poverty to economic prosperity. It is factual that trade has brought benefits for African women particularly in generating employment opportunities albeit mainly in the informal sector.

This is a database of African women economists, entrepreneurs and gender activists working on issues of trade and women’s entrepreneurial development in Africa. It is part of the Economic Governance project implemented by FEMNET in partnership with Trust Africa.

NB: This list is by no means exhaustive and will continue to be updated. If you would like to be included in this database or to update any of the information, please email us on advocacy@femnet.or.ke

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African Women’s Expertise

African women have made numerous milestones in their struggle for women’s equality, empowerment and development. A good number of our African sisters have made heroic contributions in all areas that are related to women’s rights, whether in economics, media, communication, politics, environment, law, trade and many more. As a dedication to all the inspiring and successful African women, FEMNET has compiled and made available this database of their expertise. It is envisaged that this database will contribute to showcasing African women’s expertise so that they can be matched for leadership positions within/by national, regional and international organizations.

Do you want to be included in this database? Or do you know someone in your country/ region who should be included in this database? Please send the information to library@femnet.or.ke

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Intersection between VAW/G and HIV/AIDS in Africa

Beginning 2009, FEMNET has developed two key databases on the issue of the intersection between Violence Against Women and Girls (VAW/G) and HIV/AIDS in Africa. The main goal of these databases is to find areas of synergy and enhance collaboration between organizations working on the fight against VAW/G and HIV/AIDS nationally, regionally and globally, as well as to share information and data for use by all the concerned and interested actors.


This work is part of the “Women Won’t Wait” (WWW) campaign, an international coalition of organizations and networks committed and working for many years to promoting women’s health and human rights in the struggle to comprehensively address HIV and end all forms of violence against women and girls now. WWW seeks to accelerate effective responses to the linkages of violence against all women and girls and HIV by tracking and; where necessary; calling for changes in the policies; programming and funding streams of national governments and international agencies. WWW was officially launched on 6 March 2007.

Members of the “Women Won’t Wait” Campaign:

Action Aid International ; African Women’s Development and Communications Network (FEMNET); Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA); Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID); Centre for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL); Centre for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE); Fundación para Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer (FEIM)

* GESTOS-Soropositividade; Comunicação & Gênero; International Community of Women Living with HIV&AIDS Southern Africa (ICW-Southern Africa); International Women’s AIDS Caucus; International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC); Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network; Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA); Program on International Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health; SANGRAM; VAMP; Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA)

For regular updates on the global WWW Campaign, visit: Women Won’t Wait

Useful Information on the intersection between VAW/G and HIV/AIDS in Africa

Database of key actors.

Database of relevant research information.

UNIFEM’s Virtual Knowledge Center to end violence against women and girls

NB: This list is by no means exhaustive and will continue to be updated. If you would like to be included in this database or to update any of the information, please email us on advocacy@femnet.or.ke