All of AMwA’s strategic approaches are geared towards strengthening African women’s voices on issues pertinent to themselves and creating a vibrant women’s movement that collectively works to advance the interests of African women in all their diversities. As a result, AMwA believe in the spirit of sisterhood and has built strong partnerships with women’s rights organisations, networks and coalitions on the African continent and beyond to ensure that issues of affecting women are prioritized and given due attention. Through Networking and Movement building, AMwA leverages on each organisations and/ or institutional strengths and resources to advance the rights and freedoms of African women that we could otherwise not have achieved if we worked in silos thus creating a collective voice and actions on issues that are critical to African women.

AMwA engages in organizational development with a feminist perspective as part of feminist leadership and feminist movement building in Africa. This is mainly through: a series of organizational development interventions with selected women’s organizations; publishing and disseminating African feminists’ analyses of African women’s experiences of and strategies to resist patriarchy; Oral Her-story of women of substance in Africa, write shops and production of a Leaders Journal highlighting issues and events significant to the African women’s leadership struggle.

Through this Programme AMwA hosted the 1st Uganda Feminist Forum from 2008 to 2010 before handing over to FOWODE following an endorsed decision to rotate the seat of the UFF Secretariat.

In 2009 AMwA continued to coordinate and participate in the Uganda and regional activities on the Maputo protocol. We produced and disseminated IEC materials on GBV/SRHR. Noting that the Government of Uganda ratified the Maputo protocol on 22nd July 2010 with reservations, AMwA working as part of a movement on the implementation of the Protocol, continues advocacy and lobbying through different coalitions specifically the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) Coalition at Pan-African level and the Uganda Coalition for African Women’s Rights (Women First) Coalition at national level.

The Protocol has thus far been ratified by thirty four (34) of the 54 African Union member states. The Coalition has committed itself to utilizing the platform of the African Women’s Decade (2010- 2020) to intensify efforts to compel African States to deliver on their commitments to women’s human rights, through ratification of the Protocol, accelerating implementation through a multispectral approach, and prioritizing the promotion and protection of women’s bodily integrity and dignity, as well as their participation in governance, peace and security processes and structures.

AMwA chairs the CSO Committee on SGBV in the Great Lakes Region, which comprises national, regional and international human rights organizations and international NGOs based in Kenya and Uganda. The committee mobilizes civil society organizations in the Great Lakes region to participate in deliberations leading summits of Heads of State of ICGLR Member States Special Summit on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV). And currently monitors and evaluates the implementation of the Kampala Declaration.

Coupled with this are coalitions and partnership initiatives that AMwA has greatly contributed to these have included the, Oral Herstory Project – Documenting Women’s Experiences through 3 Oral Herstory Projects on Sex Workers in East Africa which culminated in the popular publication, ‘When I Dare to Be Powerful’, the first-ever collection of life stories by sex worker activists in the region; an AFF documentation of a seasoned African feminist Dr Sarah Ntiro Biography’, a publication by AWDF and AMwA; and an oral herstory collection of women’s experiences of GBV and SRHR in conflict and post-conflict countries in Africa set in DRC and Sierra Leone.

This is a key strategy inbuilt in our core programmatic pillars to ensure that issues affecting women are continuously brought to the attention of key policy makers, government and relevant stakeholders. Through this pillar AMwA fronts issues that are critical to African women, builds women’s leadership capacities to effectively engage in advocacy initiatives, mobilises women’s rights organisations and/or institutions to collectively speak and drive the agenda of women’s rights and gender equality at national, regional and international platforms. Working in partnership with various women’s rights organisations, AMwA is positioned to influence and advocate for policy/law reforms and hold governments accountable to their commitments on gender equality and women’s rights.

The advocacy activities of AMwA has enabled it to gain recognition in a variety of sectors, including the international voluntary sector, the United Nations family, African Regional bodies, governmental and inter-governmental organizations and amongst funding bodies.

  • Post2015 Development Agenda; As a committee member of the NGOCSW Africa and member of the Women’s major group, AMwA has continued to engage in regional and international spaces advocating for issues of women’s human rights and ensuring that issues of women are taken up with utmost urgency.
  • As chair of the NGO Forum AMwA has provided leadership through coordination of different national and regional activities and has continued to monitor the implementation of the Kampala Declaration on Sexual and Gender Based Violence.
  • Ratification of The Protocol To The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on The Rights of Women in Africa. To date 25 countries have ratified the Protocol in Africa (as of September 2008). In addition, AMwA in partnership with feminist and human rights organisations in the UK is engaging with partners, the UK government as well as raising awareness and constituency building on the Protocol.
  • Domestic Violence Act 2012, is one of the Ugandan laws that was passed through advocacy that was carried out by the Domestic Violence Action Coalition that AMwA is part of
  • Human rights training and support for sex workers, their groups and organizations in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania (to equip them with skills on human rights as well as lay country strategies that will inform intervention and programmes of support).
  • Gender Mainstreaming at the African Union and working with the African Union Directorate of Women, Gender and Development.
  • In Uganda, advocating the enactment of laws that protect the rights of women in marriage, separation and divorce; Domestic violence as well as Sexual Offences.
  • Protection for Women’s Human Rights Defenders especially; support, protection and technical assistance of Lesbian and Gay activists and groups in Uganda.
  • Active participation and engagement with the African Feminist Forum (AFF) as well as hosting the Uganda Feminist Forum which were both initiatives aimed at building and strengthening the feminist movement and organizing in Africa. These have been instrumental platforms in encouraging the women’s movement to engage with emerging issues e.g. sex worker rights, LGBTI rights, sexuality and bodily integrity.
  • Advocating for a gendered perspective on migration processes at the 3rd World Social Forum on Migration held in Madrid, Spain with the support of WIDE (Women in Europe in Development).

This is through continually strengthening the organization to be able to handle the increasing challenges facing the organization in terms of: managing the transition process, resource mobilization, streamlining internal system, structures and processes. It also involves the bolstering of AMwA’s image and presence continent–wide (Africa).

In a bid to strengthen and sustain AMwA’s leadership for African women’s organising, AMwA has taken on deliberate initiatives to meet this aspiration through;

a) Ensuring that Staff members work as team and are encouraged to voice their concerns without any bureaucratic blockades. In addition to this aspect our staffs take the time to review and reflect on some of the principles of the feminist charter during the staff meeting held.

b) Creating partnerships with different organizations and/ institutions some of which have included the African Centre of Excellence Program

c) Ventured into new advocacy emerging issues affecting women such as women’s economic justice with a focus on oil and gas, land acquisitions

d) Feminism for hire is also a new component that has brought into play new constituencies such as trade unions and other private sector players thus providing AMwA with a large constituency base of operation

e) AMwA has created space for organizational development that has allowed the organization to reflect and strategize to ensure that we remain relevant to the context of operation

f) As part of building staff capacities, each year atleast one staff member gets the opportunity to undertake the African Women Leadership Institute in addition to support offered to build staff capacities