During the fifth Programming Conference and General Assembly in October 2010, FEMNET members and other stakeholders had the opportunity to review the context within which the Network is operating, the progress so far made in implementing its Strategic Plan (2008-2012) and generally received reports on the impact of the programmes and activities.
An institutional evaluation done in 2009 also identified some areas of weakness in the way the Strategic Plan (2008 -2012) was designed. It was recommended that more work needed to be done to ensure that the Strategic Plan remained Specific, Measureable, Realistic and Time bound (SMART). It was recommended that the Strategic Plan be revised so as to clearly indicate the actions to undertake under specific focus areas and the expected results and indicators of success. The Institutional Evaluation also recommended the need to strengthen the Network's monitoring and evaluation strategies and mechanisms.
As a strategic framework that will provide direction and focus of FEMNET's work in the next three years (2011-2013), the revised Strategic Plan aims to ensure that African women's organisations, lobby groups, decision-makers, like-minded organisations as well as men take action to create an environment that supports gender equality and social justice.
The following five focus areas will guide FEMNET's programming period:-
Women in leadership and governance (with a specific focus on women in political leadership);
Women's economic empowerment;
Women's bodily integrity and dignity (including prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls and the spread of HIV/AIDS)
Women and the media, freedom of information and use of ICTs
Sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls,
Three main approaches will be used to implement activities under these focus areas: Communication and Networking, Advocacy and Capacity Building.
To view the Strategic Plan (2011-2013) click here.