In 2017, The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) hosted the first African Feminist Macroeconomic Academy (AFMA). AFMA was informed by a series of consultations with women’s rights groups as well as African feminist economists who pointed to the need to increase capacity to influence macroeconomic policies on the African continent, and globally, as a strategy.
The academy is an intensive capacity development initiative targeting gender advocates, activists, movement leaders, journalists and networks working towards achieving women’s rights and gender equality. The aim of AFMA is to deepen attendees’ understanding of how macroeconomic policies shape the lived realities of the women whose lives they are working to transform. This, in turn, will translate to their ability to influence mainstream macroeconomic policy processes and outcomes all the way from the local to global levels.
This pack is intended to complement AFMA’s annual academy sessions with a resource that can be used by those who are unable to attend in-person. While introducing new concepts, it also builds on the work of AFMA over the years and as such it is important to acknowledge the contribution of the many feminists whose wisdom through the years is shared within these pages.