Envisioning a world in which African women are politically, economically and socially autonomous and are champions of change in their lives and society? Here is an opportunity for you to join the Board of African Women Leaders!
Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) is a Feminist Pan-African Development Organization that was founded in the UK in 1985 and relocated to Uganda in 1997. AMwA was founded to create space for African Women to organize autonomously, identify issues of concern to them and speak for themselves. To date, through her flagship Programme; the African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI), AMwA has empowered over 6000 women with feminist and transformational leadership skills that has led to the advancement of the feminist agenda on the continent and beyond.
The organization invites applications from suitable African Women Leaders who are passionate about Feminist Transformational Leadership and related efforts to contribute to the advancement of Women’s Rights to join her Pan African Board of Directors. AMwA seeks Board Members with the following assets:
Expectations for Board members
Application Closing Date: 30th November 2018.
“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” —Zora Neale Hurston
To resist the silence around sexual violence and the normalisation of rape culture in institutions of higher learning, Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) under the Tuwezeshe Akina Dada project, invites all students in those institutions (universities, vocational institutions and other tertiary institutions) to submit works of fiction or non-fiction in the form of short stories, poems, comic strips, and/or any other tangible forms of art on the theme “combating sexual violence at institutions of higher learning”.
This initiative is part of AMwA’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence campaign aimed at raising awareness about violence against women and girls. Women and girls’ experiences of sexual violence have remained the stuff of gossip and silent whispers within corridors. Laden with shame and victim blaming, the experiences remain rumours, further entrenching the culture of silence as there is no accountability. The documentation of women and girls’ experiences through art and creative writing seeks to spark a conversation about violence and its impact on women and girls. It also aspires to build a tribe of solidarity as readers see their experiences reflected in the stories told.
To promote originality and creativity AMwA urges you to make a submission that tackles this problem through a number of lenses. For example, the piece can be about the vice/situation of sexual violence itself, the survivor of the vice, the perpetrator, the aftermath, the response from the wider community, and so forth. Shortlisted entries will be published on AMwA’s website and in a journal for distribution during and after the campaign period. The publication will be distributed at several institutions of higher learning.
*Suggested word count for written submissions is between 600 and 1000 words.
*Shortlisted candidates will receive a modest honorarium.
Akina Mama wa Afrika in partnership with women’s movements in Malawi, Swaziland and Zambia with support from the Commonwealth Foundation sought to contribute to securing women’s land rights in the wake of large scale land acquisitions in Africa. The intervention focused on strengthening feminist and transformational leadership capacities and enhancing feminist research skills to promote documentation of women’s lived realities. In that regard, the project commissioned three feminist researches on the gendered implications of large scale land acquisitions which was led by Women’s Land Rights Movement in Malawi which is a network established in 2016 to advocate for the protection of women’s land rights, NGOCC in Zambia, and Doo Aphane an independent feminist consultant in Swaziland with the aim of promoting evidence- based advocacy to effectively influence decision makers. In August, the research was launched in the three countries of Zambia, Malawi and Swaziland coupled with dialogues with different stakeholders including representatives from the Ministry of Gender, Ministry of Culture and Traditional Chiefs, Civil Society Representatives and Women’s Land Rights coalition members on the findings of the study.
Based on the feminist researches government and traditional leaders were ushered and pressured to address the gaps and challenges that remain in order to ensure women’s land rights are respected and enshrined in the national laws and policies . As discovered during the study, even where there are laws and policies in place that are seeking to level out imbalance and injustice between men and women, these are not enough to ensure that this is translated on the ground. Government and traditional leaders were therefore held accountable to address the issue of low participation of women in decision-making processes when it comes to land. The dialogues also brought out crucial testimonies of how women are experiencing sexual violence when they seek justice and recognition for land. Cases of how chiefs demand sexual favours in order to process the women’s requests to get their land rights guaranteed were also reported.
In Zambia where 90% of land is customary, traditional leaders were called upon to provide women with more access to land. The governments were also asked to ensure that land is more accessible to women through revision of legislations and law enforcement and to develop clear guidelines for traditional leaders to follow when allocating land for large scale investment especially to foreigners. Governments were also tasked to explain the status of victims of land evictions and therefore promised to produce a report in that regard, and prioritise girl child education as well.
In collaboration with Swaziland women’s land coalition the Swaziland Women’s Land Coalition and the Ministry of Gender pledged to develop a work plan that will address the gaps highlighted in the report. Priority will be given to the national dialogue, allocation of resources for capacity building among others. The Titling of Deeds pledged to strengthen the working relationship with CSOs and engage them during the review of the laws and policies while the Chair of the land Board committed to investigate some of the violations in relation to land eviction that was raised by one of the female victims.
Find the full report here