The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) is a regional, membership-based non-governmental organization (NGO). It operates through Sub-regional and National Focal Points (NFP) most of which are women’s network or umbrella organizations. FEMNET was set up in 1988 to share information, experiences, ideas and strategies among African women’s NGOs as a strategy for strengthening women’s capacity to participate effectively the development of our continent. This is done through advocacy, capacity building, communication and networking.
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
The Women’s Decade played a very critical role, not for Government but for the women. Women‘s awareness came to the fore and they had the official space to organize, network and mobilize each other…When we formed the Kenya NGO Organizing Committee, we did not have an agenda. However, we soon began to understand our role and organized ourselves for the meeting in Arusha. When we came back from Arusha, we had an additional mandate to help African women organize themselves to come to Nairobi…After the Nairobi Forum, we had to create FEMNET and I remember sitting over nights to write proposals and the constitution to register FEMNET in order to have an office space, but in the mean time we used to meet here. This very veranda – is where FEMNET was born… Our driving force was how to get maximum voices from the African continent in Nairobi (‘85) and beyond for at that time the African woman’s voice was not heard in the international arenas.”
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:-
Ms. Emma Kaliya (Malawi)
Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre (MHRRC)
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Mrs. Nancy Gitonga (Kenya)
African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) – Kenya
Member of the Executive Board (Representing Southern Africa)
Ms. Rafa Valente Machava (Mozambique)
Member of the Executive Board (Representing Western Africa)
Ms. Charity Binka (Ghana)
Women Media and Change (WOMEC)
Member of the Executive Board (Representing Central Africa)
Mrs. Anatolie Ndayishimiye (Burundi)
Collectif des Associatons et Ong Feminines du Burundi (CAFOB)
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Member of the Executive Board (Representing Eastern Africa)
Ms. Patricia Munabi Babiiha (Uganda)
Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE)
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Member of the Executive Board (Representing Northern Africa)
Mrs. Hassania Chalbi Drissi (Tunisia)
Association pour la Promotion des Femmes Entrepreneurs (APROFE)
Immediate Past Chair FEMNET (Ex-Officio)
Mrs. Mama Koité Doumbia (Mali)
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Executive Director (Ex-Officio)
Ms. Dinah Musindarwezo
P O Box 54562, 00200, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254 20 2712971/2
Fax: +254 20 2712974
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Institutional Development & Coordination Team
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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: email@example.com
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
Rachel Kagoiya, (Kenya) is the Information Manager. Rachel manages the production, repackaging and dissemination of various knowledge and information products including the monthly E-Bulletins, 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. Follow her on twitter: @rkagoiy and reach her on email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FEMNET – African Women’s Development & Communication Network
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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