The African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) is a membership-based pan-African Network set up in 1988 to advance African women's development, equality and other human rights. Over the years FEMNET has played a central role in sharing information, experiences, ideas and strategies among African women's NGOs in order to strengthen women's capacity to participate effectively in the development processes on the continent. 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.
FEMNET operates through its Regional Secretariat based in Nairobi Kenya and National Focal Point (NFPs) organisations most of which are national women's networks, consortia or umbrella organizations spread out in over 30 countries in Africa.
FEMNET is governed by a Constitution and the following governance and administrative structure:
¨ Elected Executive Board which includes two Board members per sub-region and a Chairperson. In addition, there are two Ex-Officio Board members (immediate past Chairperson and the Executive Director);
¨ Elected Board of Trustees to oversee FEMNET's assets;
¨ National Focal Point organizations in African countries whose representatives attend a tri-annual Programming Conference and General Assembly;
¨ Secretariat which implements FEMNET's programmes and is headed by an Executive Director.