As a bold feminist and pan-African organization, the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) envisions an African society where gender equality is achieved and women and girls enjoy all their rights and live in dignity.
In the last thirty years, FEMNET has been able to inform and mobilize her close to 700 members and partners of and around key issues of concern to their core agenda of realizing gender equality and the rights and empowerment of women and girls in Africa. This has facilitated collective participation of women in local, regional and global fora to influence key decisions, policies and practices that impact them economically, socially and politically.
Advancing women's leadership and representation
African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMWA), Rwanda Women’s Network (RWN), Trade Union Centre of Workers of Rwanda (CESTRAR) Uganda Horticultural Industrial Services Provider and Allied Workers Union (UHISPAWU) and Uganda Workers Education Association (UWEA) are collaborating in a consortium that is steering the women’s leadership strategy of the Women@Work Campaign in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.
The project is promoting the advancement of women’s leadership and representation in decision-making processes in the horticulture sector in these countries. It also addresses both structural and practical needs that hinder women’s ascension to positions of leadership by raising the consciousness of women workers, managers, partners and other stakeholders on gender issues.
Hereto, the partners are strengthening the leadership capacities of women workers through targeted training; promoting gender-responsive workplace policies; strengthening the collective voice of women in trade unions for decision making; and influencing national, regional and international processes on gender equality and decent work for women in the horticultural sector through lobby and advocacy.