About Akina Mama wa Afrika

Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) is a feminist Pan-African leadership development organization 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 program and movement building activities. We envision a world in which African women are politically, economically and socially autonomous and are champions of change in their lives and society. 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. Our work is spread across the continent with active programmes in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Sudan.



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


To strengthen the individual and collective leadership of African women and gender-expansive persons, forming strategic partnerships, to tackle patriarchy and attain gender equality and women’s empowerment for a just and secure Africa. Our approach to organizing and advocacy is intrinsically informed by an intersectional lens.

Guiding Principles

  1. Our work is rooted in and guided by the Charter of Feminist Principles for African Feminists.
  2. We defend the full spectrum of human rights for African women in all their diversities.
  3. We believe in the agency and personhood of African women.
  4. We believe that the personal is political and we are committed to walking the talk.
  5. We commit to creating and sustaining a dynamic, cutting edge feminist organization with a soul.
  6. We strive for individual and organizational excellence, accountability and rigor in the work that we do.
  7. We believe in empowering advocates and the power of collaboration to advance our feminist agenda.


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’s Political Leadership
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Economic Justice and Climate Action

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 6000 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.
AMwA joined other members of the Solidarity of African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) at the 62nd Ordinary Session of the African Commission for Human and People’s rights held from 25th April to 9th May 2018 in Nouakchott, Mauritania

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.