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FEMNET’s 8th Programing Conference & General Assembly (PC/GA): Pan-African Feminists Retreat

October 12, 2021 - October 14, 2021

On 12th – 14th October 2021, join African feminists, gender and women’s rights activists for the Pan-African Feminists Retreat

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Theme: Rekindling the Pan-African Feminism Spirit: An Inclusive, Just, Sustainable & Transformative Society Post-COVID-19

The Pan-African Feminists Retreat is a two-day brave, creative, autonomous, and intersectional space for all those identifying themselves as feminists from all walks of life and who engage at different levels within the feminist movement. The space is designed to reaffirm our commitment to dismantling patriarchy in all its manifestations in Africa, to remind us of our duty to defend and respect the rights of all women, without qualifications and to protect the legacy of our feminist ancestors who made numerous sacrifices for us to exercise greater autonomy. The Retreat is part of the ‘programing conference’ a triennial convening, led by the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET). Due to COVID-19 pandemic which has laid bare structural inequalities embedded in our societies, the 2021 Pan-African Feminists Retreat will be conducted in a hybrid format, (mostly virtual with limited in-person convenings in Nairobi and watch parties across the continent). This concept note outlines how FEMNET envisions the retreat experience.

Where: Hybrid: In-person (Nairobi) and Virtual

When: 12-13 October 2021

Scale: 100 people to attend in-person and majority to connect virtually  

View & Download The Pan-African Feminists Retreat – Concept Note & Agenda English


Why the Pan-African Feminists Retreat? Why Now?

The year 2020 has been uniquely different at individual and institutional level. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused too many losses: loss of life, loss of good health, loss of livelihood, loss of stability, loss of community, loss of funding, loss of hope and sense of purpose, and many more. What the pandemic has not taken from us, is our resilience and conviction to an equal and just world for everyone. In fact, the pandemic has reaffirmed the resilience of African women. The Pan-African Feminists Retreat therefore aims to be a space where:

  1. African feminists, gender and women’s rights activists in all their diversities will connect, reflect, and rekindle their resolve to advance women’s and girls’ rights especially now in light of the pandemic so that gender justice is foundational to a just and inclusive recovery.
  2. The art, culture, intellect, organizing, politics, leadership, and ideologies of African feminists, gender and women’s rights activists will be showcased for cross-learning and cross-sharing.
  3. African feminists, gender and women’s rights activists nurture collaboration among themselves and strengthen the feminist’s movement in Africa and globally especially during these times of physical distancing, travel bans and virtual engagement.


Expected Outcomes:

  1. An energized, grounded, and connected community of feminists, gender and women’s rights activists collectively shaping COVID-19 recovery actions with renewed zeal to dismantle patriarchy in local, national, regional, and global spaces.
  2. Enhanced feminist and gender analysis thought leadership, shared learning and cross-exchange of knowledge, ideas, and skills.



The retreat is open to all feminists, gender and women’s rights activists. Here’s the registration link.


Brief Outline: How will the Pan-African Feminist Retreat be Experienced?

The Retreat is grounded on the Charter of feminist principles for African feminists, which recognizes that “As Feminists, who come from/work/live in Africa, we claim the right and the space to be Feminist and African… we insist that it is a profound insult to claim that feminism was imported into Africa from the West. We reclaim and assert the long and rich tradition of African women’s resistance to patriarchy in Africa. We henceforth claim the right to theorize for ourselves, write for ourselves, strategize for ourselves and speak for ourselves as African feminists”.

Feminist Quotes

To me feminism means women’s universal freedom from oppression of the mind, soul, thought, body, sexuality and spirit. – Solome Nakaweesi-Kimbugwe

To build a feminist movement in Africa we need to join forces- Usu Ndeanasia Mallya

I am a feminist because I am a woman living in a world where if I am not vigilant, I will be erased, exploited or dehumanised. – Siphokazi Mthathi

I live the life of a feminist in my home, and in my religious, social and political spaces. – Musimbi Kanyoro

Identifying as both feminist and African is an act of resistance that provokes both patriarchal and imperialist reflexes in most of the systems and institutions we encounter in the course of our lives and careers. – Amina Mama


General Assembly – 14th October 2021

The General Assembly is open to paid up registered FEMNET members. The General Assembly will be held on October 14, 2021 from 1130-1700 EAT and will provide the opportunity to receive reports on FEMNET’s state of affairs during the period (2017 – 2021) and elect Board of Directors to provide leadership for the Network for the period 2021 – 2024.

8th FEMNET General Assembly Details:-


October 12, 2021
October 14, 2021


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