leadership-conf-2012

Fourth African Women in Political Leadership: Report

Since 2009 FEMNET has convened an Annual Regional Conference for African Women in Political Leadership as a platform for African women in political leadership to meet, interact, share experiences and collectively devise ways to overcome the persistent challenges that hinder women’s equal and effective participation in decision making processes. The conferences have been held in Togo (2009), Zambia (2010) and Kenya (2011) and the most recent in Malawi (2012).

FEMNET believes that through strategic networking, mentorship, peer learning, exposure, appropriate support mechanisms and enhanced linkages and collaboration between women in politics and leaders in the African women’s movement, the African women’s rights agenda for peace, gender equality and development can be achieved. African women in political leadership and the African women’s rights movement have the common agenda of consolidating the gains made in the last 17 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action at the Fourth World Conference on Women.

The Fourth Regional Conference took place in Malawi from 26-28th November, 2012 and brought together seasoned women politicians as well as political aspirants from countries holding elections in 2012-2015, leading women’s rights activists, civil society and research organizations engaged in women’s leadership development, and key development partners who support women’s political participation initiatives. Selected participants from the third regional conference in Kenya were invited for purposes of continuity. Participation included a number of young women political leaders and aspirants to foster intergenerational dialogue and networking.

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Third Regional Conference on African Women in Political Leadership: Report

Since 2009, FEMNET has convened an annual Regional Conference for African Women in Political Leadership to enhance networking and the quality of women’s leadership. The first Conference was held in Togo in 2009 while the second Conference was held in Zambia in June 2010.

This report includes the proceeds from the third Conference held in Nairobi at the end of August 2011, convened 65 participants from across 15 countries (Kenya, Zambia, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan, Egypt, Cameroon, Uganda, Zimbabwe, DRC, Rwanda, United Republic of Tanzania, Sierra Leone, and Tunisia) due to hold or which have held general elections in the course of 2010 – 2012. The theme of this conference was:  Enhancing Leadership Capacity: Influence, Resources and Networks.

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Second Regional Conference for African Women in Political Leadership: Report

FEMNET has since 2009 been hosting an Annual Conference for women in political leadership. The first Annual Conference took place in Lome, Togo bringing together delegates from 6 French speaking countries that had elections scheduled in 2009 – 2010. The Second Annual Conference was held in Lusaka, Zambia from 7th – 9th June 2010. The Conference was organized in collaboration with the Zambia Association for Research and Development (ZARD). Participants at the Conference were drawn from some of the Anglophone countries having presidential or parliamentary elections in 2010 – 2012 including: Botswana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Malawi, Mauritius, Kenya, Sudan, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. Participants comprised of female politicians, women’s rights activists and representatives from women organizations that provide leadership development support to women in active politics.

The objectives of the Annual Conference included:
a) Increase consciousness and appreciation of the role that women play and can/ should play in the process of building strong democratic societies;
b) Discuss ways of developing and sustaining strong networks to support women actively involved in politics in their respective countries, at the sub- regional level and across the region;
c) Profile different women leaders in the region that are flag bearers in political leadership at different levels.

This report documents the proceedings of the Second Regional Conference for African Women in Political Leadership which took place in Zambia in 2010.

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First African Women in Political Leadership: Report

FEMNET and its partner ROFAF organized the three-days Sub- Regional Women Leadership Conference for Francophone countries in West Africa that have presidential and/ or parliamentary elections lined up for 2009 and/ or 2010. This Conference was intended to inspire and energize the participants to take action so that women’s participation in the democratic processes in their countries particularly around the forth coming elections is revolutionalized.

This report documents the proceedings of the First Regional Conference for African Women in Political Leadership held in Lome, Togo in 2009.

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Reaching Back to Get It (Right)

FEMNET envisions an African society where gender equality is achieved and women and girls enjoy all their rights and live in dignity. In this recent publication, FEMNET reviews her past and current strategies and considers the world in which the organization, and the African Women’s Movement more broadly, work. How has that world changed since the founding of FEMNET and since the watershed 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing? What progress has been made by the women’s movement in that time; and what setbacks have been suffered? What changes would make FEMNET’s work more effective?

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