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Tuesday, September 01, 2020
Women traditional leaders could help make sure the pandemic message is heard
As infections and the death toll for the new coronavirus pandemic mount, African countries have introduced measures to reduce the spread, raise awareness among communities and gain citizens’ compliance. But the potential contribution of traditional...
Monday, August 17, 2020
Coronavirus: The African Women Leaders Network – a movement for the transformation of Africa
The year 2020 began on a high note for the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN). As the world was preparing to mark 25 years since the Fourth World Conference on Women, AWLN sought to commemorate the anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and...
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
More women should lead Africa's coronavirus response
By Damaris Matoke-Muhia,  As the race to contain one of the worst pandemics in history continues, there is an urgent need for more stringent and innovative strategies to battle COVID-19. But on the world stage, one critically important element...
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Call for papers: Women in politics
The project aims, at a broad level, to undertake an assessment of the extent to which women who have gained a significant entry into institutions of power and decision-making have been effective in advocating and advancing the agenda of women’s...
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) Virtual Consultation on COVID-19 Responseses
In support of the global and continental efforts to address the challenges posed by COVID-19, the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) is convening a Virtual Consultation COVID-19 Response on Thursday 28th May 2020. The consultation will aim to...
Friday, April 03, 2020
Lessons from African Feminists Mobilizing Against COVID-19
Last week, the Women, Peace and Security program hosted a webinar with its Peace and Social Change Fellowship participants, who are leaders of grassroots women’s organizations across Nigeria, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, and...
Friday, April 03, 2020
African women in leadership: Africa’s might lies in its women
“An equal world is an enabled world.” This bold statement forms part of 2020’s International Women’s Day theme. Now more than ever, with COVID-19 running rampant, nations across the globe require an enabled world. According to the John Hopkins...
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Africa needs more female leaders
In many African countries, it is time for elections this year. Sadly, many of the continent’s social “social structures, such as those in politics, religion and culture, sometimes constitute real obstacles in the promotion of female leadership,”...
Friday, November 15, 2019
9 times a female President took charge of an african country
Africa has been slow to embrace women leaders in politics, but there is an exclusive group of female presidents who have laid the foundations for future female leadership in Africa. These include Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, who served as...
Friday, November 08, 2019
Deputy Secretary-General lauds women’s role in bringing change to horn of Africa, urges Security Council support for regional growth peace
Following are UN Deputy Secretary‑General Amina Mohamed’s remarks to the Security Council on the joint mission with the African Union to the Horn of Africa: I would like to congratulate the United Kingdom on assuming the Presidency of the Security...
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Gender equality and electoral violence in Africa: Unlocking the peacemaking potential of women
IMF examines the impact of gender equality on electoral violence in Africa using micro-level data from the sixth round of Afrobarometer surveys. The sample covers 30 countries. IMF finds that gender equality is associated with lower electoral...
Thursday, May 23, 2019
For the first time, ANC Caucus in parliament to be led by women
The appointments of new chief whip Pemmy Majodina, a former Eastern Cape MEC, and Doris Dlakude were confirmed on Monday following the ANC's special national executive committee (NEC) meeting in Cape Town. The African National Congress (ANC) caucus...
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Strengthening women's participation in local governance: lessons and strategies
South Africa has made great strides in establishing a constitutional and legislative framework for building a participatory democracy. This paper seeks to explore the extent to which existing participatory mechanisms enable active participation by...
Friday, February 15, 2019
Who’d be a woman politician? Shattering glass ceilings is not for the faint of heart
By Nerima Wako-Ojiwa, Student politics in our universities is a replica of our national politics. When it comes to heavy debates, the competitive candidates are printing hundreds of fliers, forming voting blocs (causing some institutions to forbid...
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Women politicians in Africa face huge odds but can make a real difference
Women are gaining ground in politics around the world. Last year, the so-called “pink wave” saw a record number of women elected to Congressin the US’s mid-term elections. There are signs of progress in Africa, too. Last October, Ethiopia’s Prime...
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Africa is increasingly open to women in politics. In Congo, they have a fight on their hands
When citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo go to the polls next Sunday, attention will be focused on the race to succeed Joseph Kabila, the president of nearly 18 years. But away from the spotlight, there’s another battle going on: Women are...
Friday, November 30, 2018
The feminisation of African politics
BAMAKO/TORONTO – Last month, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appointed a new cabinet; ten of the 20 positions went to women. One week later, the country’s parliament unanimously elected Sahle-Work Zewde to become Ethiopia’s first female...
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
African feminists emphasize key to global peace
By H. Patricia, On the eve of World War II, the iconic writer Virginia Woolf responded to a male attorney’s question about how to prevent war. The key, she replied, is that women must be educated and able to earn a living. Only then, once they were...

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