Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA)

Feminist Leadership Development

Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) is a feminist-Pan-African leadership development organization that was founded in 1985 by a group of visionary African women in the United Kingdom but later relocated to Africa with headquarters in Kampala, Uganda. Our work is rooted in feminist principles and beliefs guided by the Charter of Feminist Principles for African Feminists which define our leadership development programme and movement building activities. AMWA provides strategic direction in key Pan-African networks including NGO CSW Africa, Solidarity for African Women’s Rights and the Gender Is My Agenda Campaign. AMwA also has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Vision

We envision a world in which African women are politically, economically and socially autonomous and are champions of change in their lives and society.

Mission

To strengthen the individual and collective leadership of African women, forming strategic partnerships, to tackle patriarchy and attain gender equality and women’s empowerment for a just and secure Africa.

Approach

Our work is founded on 3 critical pillars

  • Feminist and Transformational Leadership Development
  • Feminist Research and Documentation
  • Policy Influencing and Movement Building

Thematic Areas

  • Women in Power and Decision-Making
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Women’s Economic Justice
  • Women, Peace and Security 

Theory of Change

AMwA believes that if feminist and transformational leadership capabilities are enhanced, feminist research and knowledge is applied, women’s rights networks and strategic partnerships are strengthened for sustained engagement, and African women’s voices are amplified in critical spaces, then a critical mass of feminist leaders will be developed and women’s political, economic and social status will be improved.

The Niche

AMwA’s flagship program is the African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) which was launched in 1997. Renowned for her holistic P.O.T (Personal Mastery, Organizing Skills and Taking Action) training framework. It aims at developing a strong cadre of feminist leaders at personal and collective levels to effectively influence policy and decision-making. The programme targets young African Women aged 18-35 in various spheres.

AMwA’s Contributions

Creating Feminist Transformational Leaders

Since the AWLI was launched in 1997,

  • Over 5000 women have participated in the training at national, sub-regional and regional levels. The alumnae bear testament to the positive impact of the AWLI in their personal and professional lives having deepened their conceptual and theoretical basis of feminism and its relevance to development in Africa.
  • AWLI alumnae have been very instrumental in active lobbying and advocacy for policy and practice changes and have gone on to occupy positions of leadership in their countries.

Policy Influencing and Movement Building at local, regional and global spectrums

In partnership with likeminded women rights organizations and key stakeholders, AMwA has contributed to

  • Strengthening African Women’s Voices at the African Union including the ratification, domestication and effective implementation of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.
  • Having influenced the zero tolerance campaign on Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the Great Lakes Region in 2011 and the establishment of eight CSO national structures in member states, AMwA continues to mobilize and monitor the implementation of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region Pact on Peace, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region.
  • Feminist Movement Building through support to the African Feminist Forum at the regional level and at national level in Uganda contributing to the strengthening of feminist voices and aspirations.

Research, documentation and epistemology

  • Documenting African feminist epistemology seeking to change African women’s narratives, by documenting women’s lived experiences through oral herstory and conducting feminist research that has informed our feminist leadership training and advocacy work.