FEMNET

Linked with Mama Koite Doumbia – Mali, and with ECOSOCC The Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union.

The African Women’s Development and Communication Network – Support to Advocacy for Women’s Rights in Africa and, specifically but not limited to, access and control over land and productive resources, sexual and reproductive health (including HIV/AIDS). (full text).

FEMNET’s Core Values:

  • Commitment and passion for women’s advancement;
  • Integrity, credibility, transparency and accountability;
  • Unity in diversity, solidarity, inclusiveness, respect and tolerance;
  • Professionalism, effectiveness, creativity and responsibility;
  • Justice, equality and democracy.

Communications Programme: Information and Communication technologies provide effective tools for information access and improved networking among women’s organisations. FEMNET’s communications programme seeks to optimumly use ICTs to provide African women with qualitative strategic information on women’s development, equality and human rights and to build the capacity of African women’s organizations to produce content for advocacy. To this end, the communications programme produces two bilingual newsletters, in English and French, for FEMNET membership.

FEMNET News focuses on sharing membership experiences of and strategies for African women’s development and equality. Our Rights includes analyses of gender and women’s human rights issues in Africa … For more information on the Gender caucus, go to GENDER WSIS.

Contact. African Women’s Development & Communication Network FEMNET, Off Westlands Road, P. O. Box 54562, 00200 Nairobi, Kenya, Tel: +254 20 3741301/20, Fax: +254 20 3742927, E-mail, Website.

Capacity Building Programme: FEMNET has developed a model for training of trainers in gender mainstreaming which is applicable to the 12 priority areas outlined in the African and Beijing Platforms for Action. The model has been tested at the national level in a number of African states and is currently being developed so as to more explicitly address sectoral concerns. (full text).

Publications: FEMNET has also produced the following publications, which continue to be disseminated:

  • Case studies, workshop reports and videos for use in training on gender mainstreaming;
  • ABC of Gender Analysis: a Framework of Analysis;
  • Delusions: Essays on the Social Construction of Gender;
  • Road to Empowerment;
  • Directory of Gender Trainers in the African Region;
  • Gender and Development: a FEMNET Model;
  • Gennews, a newsletter for trainers in gender mainstreaming.

To better address implementation of the outcomes of the Beijing Plus Five review process, the current training programme targets civil society, governments and intergovernmental representatives involved in gender mainstreaming and/or in communicating this work to wider audiences. The training programme includes seven African countries, in both anglophone and francophone regions–Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda. It seeks to update FEMNET’s methodology for gender mainstreaming, develop sector-specific methodologies for gender mainstreaming in the sectors covered by the advocacy programme and to re-build national teams of gender trainers across the region, especially within francophone Africa.
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