Addis Ababa, 7 September 2022 (TDI): The African Women Leaders’ Network (AWLN) has concluded a three-day retreat of its National Chapters and Youth Caucuses. It convened to strategize on expanded pathways for women mobilization, advocacy, and enhanced action on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The event brought together the current thirty (30) National Chapters of the women’s movement that deliberated on key issues. It included establishing governing systems at the Continental and Regional levels; resource mobilization; and enhanced synergies among the members through mapping out key activities for joint implementation.

was also a platform for the members to share experiences of successful strategies in advancing the priorities of National chapters and the youth caucuses.

AWLN’s work for women 

In the last five years, AWLN has grown significantly leading to the establishment of 30 National Chapters across the continent. While six new national chapters are currently completing their respective preparatory activities for the official launch in 2022.

The existing National Chapters are implementing their Action Plans developed in the context of their national priorities. Moreover, they are aligned with the six priority areas of AWLN’s core interventions.

The ideas are centered around empowering rural women and agriculture; Political participation; and peace and Security. Moreover, it also adds Youth leadership; Financial Inclusion; and Social mobilization.

The Youth Caucuses have been significantly instrumental in leading innovative ways to support the implementation of AWLN’s activities. It involves a growing membership of young women leaders from Africa and the diaspora. It also draws members from the civil society, political sphere, private sector, and academia.

The African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) was launched in 2017. It works under the leadership of the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations (UN). It is a sub-branch of the Office of the AU Special Envoy on Women, Peace, and Security (OSE) and UN Women.

AWLN seeks to enhance the leadership of African women in the transformation of the continent. Its agenda is in line with the Africa Agenda 2063 and the Global Sustainable Development Agenda 2030.