WSILA2013 Preconference Session 08 September 2013

Powering Africa

Young Women’s Session facilitated by Akili Dada

This introductory session was a great opportunity to meet conference participants and manage the expectations of the participants. The session facilitated by Wanjiru from Akili Dada started off with a networking session in the form of a ‘speed dating’ activity. The room full of women from across Africa both young and seasoned leaders got to introduce themselves and share on what one hopes to get out of the conference.

The participants were grateful to have this platform to learn, share and build long lasting friendships that will help promote women’s leadership in governance participation, conflict management and justice processes.

In group work tips on how one could best thrive i.e. learns, connect and enjoy participating in an international conference of this magnitude were discussed. The following are tips an individual attending an international conference should pay attention to in order to ensure maximum benefit;

  • Know what you want to achieve when attending an international conference, what is your purpose of attending the conference;
  • Study the programme before hand. Do prior research on the topics to be discussed and definitely the speakers/ facilitators.
  • Active participation, be involved- body, mind and soul in the conference. Take part in discussions and do not be hesitant to ask any questions should the need arise.
  • Bring in fresh ideas; do not be skeptical to say something new no matter how ridiculous it may sound.
  • Don’t be shy; we are all here to learn from each other. Feel free to share your opinion.
  • Do not judge, be open-minded and respectful of others.
  • Be ready to learn. Take time to also listen to others.
  • Use social media to disseminate information gathered at the conference.
  • Exchange contacts with others and keep in touch after the conference to facilitate for future project collaborations.

Thank you to the following partners for making this conference possible; Urgent Action Fund Africa, Akili Dada, OSISA, Fordfoundation, Women Empowerment Link, UN Women, African Women’s Development Fund, UNFPA, Young Women’s Christian Association Malawi, Africa Development Altenatives, FAS, The African Capacity Building Foundation, JASS, YWCA, Akina Mama Wa Afrika




Women Steering Innovative Leadership in Africa Conference

Powering Africa

Re: Invitation to Attend the “Women Steering Innovative Leadership in Africa Conference,” Lilongwe, Malawi, 9-11 September 2013

Warm greetings from Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa)! Urgent Action Fund- Africa is a women’s human rights Pan-African Fund with offices based in Nairobi, Kenya and in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Since its inception, UAF-Africa has focused on supporting women activists’ work to advance in women’s rights in Africa particularly in governance and supporting women in accessing leadership and decision-making forums especially in contexts where the guarantee of women’s rights is precarious.

Our Advocacy and Alliance Building Programme focuses on enhancing women’s participation in leading transformation through collaboration, building alliances and advocacy for women’s human rights. UAF-Africa recognizes the importance of spaces for women’s human rights and development actors to get together, brainstorm on problems and solutions, strategize on actions, gain new knowledge and be reinvigorated in their activism. It is within this context that UAF-Africa is convening an International Conference to discuss leadership in Africa from an often-overlooked gender perspective.

This Conference will be a joint effort of UAF-Africa, her partners and the Government of Malawi. The President of Malawi, Her Excellency Joyce Banda will inaugurate the Conference. This conference will draw on the African Union vision of an ‘integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its citizens and representing a dynamic force of the global arena’ and will seek to contribute to the strategies towards achieving the AU vision through the launch of the Women Steering Innovating Leadership in Africa.

In appreciation of your leadership and contribution in your sector and following your nomination by OSISA, we are pleased to invite you to the Women Steering Innovative Leadership in Africa International Conference scheduled from 9th- 11th September 2013 taking place in Lilongwe, Malawi.

The conference will deliberate on selected topics that will be researched by suitably qualified institutions and presented in plenary, closed sessions and side events. These will include:

1. ‘The African Moment’: a critical and feminist analysis of the social, economic, and political state of Africa including progress and opportunities and its challenges;
2. The African Union vision for Africa;
3. Leadership redefined in the context of Africa’s development needs to determine the type of leadership Africa needs for its transformation. Under this theme, other topics will be discussed including: Leadership role in the management of Africa’s natural and human resources, Women’s leadership, Youth leadership, Lessons from Private Sector leadership, Leadership in the Women’s Movement, the role of media in support of Africa’s transformation;

4. African values with a focus on ethics in leadership; the place of African cultures and traditions in governance and management.