How We Work
Since 1985, AMwA has made gender equality central to our work and we have seen remarkable progress. We have honed our competencies in three core programmatic areas:
- Leadership Building through our African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) which aims to enhance the capacity of African women to effectively participate in leadership and decision-making which will ultimately promote a progressive Africa-women’s development agenda. AMwA believes that developing a critical mass of feminist and transformational leaders will transform power relations between women and men by addressing the root causes of gender equality and create sustainable change for women and girls. Our training curriculum is based on a three dimensional Personal Mastery, Organising Skills and Taking Action (P.O.T) Framework.
We boast of a strong network of alumnae (AMwAzons) across Africa who have challenged inequality, injustice and marginalization by forming coalitions and movements that address issues of concern to African women. Our alumnae lead women’s organisations as well as other organisations at national, regional and global levels.
- Knowledge Generation and Dissemination is a key tool in our arsenal against patriarchal ideologies for without knowledge and information, we are powerless. We are passionate about production of relevant information, past and present on issues affecting African women which we endeavour to document, capture in pictures and videos or any other means grounded in African feminist narrative to inform, educate and act on. We strive to disseminate this to partners who are keen and passionate on the same issues for further input and generation of solutions through sharing our findings with them and our stakeholders. This way, we carry the African woman’s voice across Africa and indeed all over the world as/since discussing a problem is the first step to solving it and sharing the burden.
Coalition and Movement Building has at its core lobbying and advocacy to influence positions, policies, legislations and programs through strengthened women’s networks in the region for collective and sustained engagement, a vibrant feminist movement deeply rooted in feminist principles and values of solidarity, reflection, renewal and disruption and strengthened partnerships with like-minded organizations, academia, private sector and governments. Women’s organizing and the strength of their autonomous movements are the strongest predictors of gender equality laws and policies across a range of areas, from family law to violence against women and from non-discrimination in employment to childcare services, race, disability, age, sexuality to further marginalize particular groups of women and girls.
Therefore AMwA seeks to strengthen existing and build new alliances and networks to challenge oppressive norms and power structures through collective voice and movement building. The realization of the dignity and freedom of women depends heavily on solidarity and collective action recognizing that multiple discriminations which women and girls face intersect with other inequalities according to race, class, religion etc.
Over the years, AMwA has worked in several African countries including; Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Ghana, Zambia, Malawi, and Swaziland.