Re-orienting and strengthening the journey of feminist and transformational leadership at the African Women’s Leadership Institute
The struggle to translate the increased numbers of women in leadership into improvement in the socio-political and economic position of women remains one of the last battles at the frontier in the fight for women’s self-determination. While the numbers of women in political leadership and other spheres have increased, a number of factors at play render their influence mostly invisible and inconsequential. Conscious of these dynamics, we convened a feminist and transformational leadership training for 25 African women hailing from 13 countries in East and Southern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. It was electrifying! Read all about the training.
Catalysing a Movement of Young Feminist Leaders in Uganda
Governments in Africa have made legally binding commitments to respect, protect and fulfil women’s rights, recognizing their intrinsic value as well as the synergies between women’s rights and wider prosperity. However, the translation of equality before the law into positive outcomes for women has remained problematic. This underscored the urgent need to build a strong and accountable movement, held together by solidarity in sisterhood, and an unimpeachable value system; so that it is able to withstand pushback from those with power, and collectively make demands for women’s human rights and reject a culture that normalises injustice. It all started with a training. Read on!
Building Feminist Leaders to Accelerate the Implementation of the Kampala Declaration on Sexual and Gender Based Violence
In areas with persistent and sporadic conflict situations such as the Central African Republic, challenges remain in protecting women and girls against sexual violence. As part of the ICGLR National Civil Society Forum, we conducted a training to build the capacity of women leaders in CAR to be able to effectively engage in politics and to take up leadership positions to combat sexual and gender based violence. Here's what happened during the five days!
What you learn at the African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI), you never learn at any school
We bring you Nyambura Gathumbi, a Feminist activist and alumna of the African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI), with extensive knowledge in women’s right advocacy, with specific focus on issues of marginalized groups. She is one of the founders of Women in Participatory Education theater (WE-PET) a pioneer all women theater group that seeks to empower young women and girls to understand gender issues and participate in development processes using theater. We had a conversation with her about her leadership journey, lessons from the AWLI and her vision for African women and girls. Meet Nyambura!
FEminism and men?
Is there space for men to engage in ending patriarchy? And if so, what would that look like? Why should men be involved in championing women's issues? Are there consequences to male exclusion? We had a conversation on male engagement and this is what happened. Read here.
what does sexual positivity, wellness and liberation mean to you?
Having open and honest conversations about our sexuality and our bodies liberates us as women. However, many women do not have enough knowledge on this theme. Together with Choose Yourself, we had a conversation to raise the consciousness of young women around their bodies and choices and also open avenues healing from past traumas. Well, let’s talk about sexual positivity, wellness and liberation. Click here
With the majority of women affected by some form of gender based violence, and with African women at risk of specific harmful practices and norms, the TuWezeshe Akina Dada programme aims to improve the rights and amplify the actions of young African women in their fight against all forms of gender-based violence. We caught up with Debbie Akello, a young lawyer and TuWezeshe 2018 fellow who shared about sexual violence in her community and how she is speaking out against the vice. This is Debbie's Story
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