Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) is a feminist pan-African leadership development organization with headquarters in Kampala Uganda. Our mission is to strengthen the individual and collective leadership of African women, forming strategic partnerships, to tackle patriarchy and attain gender equality and women’s empowerment for a just and secure Africa. Our work focuses on 4 thematic areas; Women in Power and Decision-Making, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Women’s Economic Justice, and Women’s Peace and Security.
Our work is rooted in feminist principles and beliefs guided by the Charter of Feminist Principles for African Feminists which define our leadership development program and movement building activities. We believe that if feminist and transformational leadership capabilities are enhanced, feminist research and knowledge is applied, women’s rights networks and strategic partnerships are strengthened for sustained engagement, and African women’s voices are amplified in critical spaces, then a critical mass of feminist leaders will be developed and women’s political, economic and social status will be improved.
Our flagship program is the African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) which aims at developing a strong cadre of feminist leaders at personal and collective levels to effectively influence policy and decision-making. In partnership with likeminded women rights organizations and key stakeholders, AMwA has contributed to strengthening African Women’s Voices at the African Union including the ratification, domestication and effective implementation of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa; feminist movement building through support to the African Feminist Forum at the regional level, and as hosts of the working group of the Uganda Feminist Forum; and influenced the zero tolerance campaign on Sexual and Gender Based Violence in the Great Lakes Region. Our feminist knowledge and research is critical in influencing decisions within local, regional and global bodies such as the African Union, the Commission for the Status of Women at the UN and through coalitions like the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights-SOAWR.
How does the organization define African Feminisms?
Our definition of African feminisms is drawn from the Charter of Feminist Principles for African Women which deliberately recognizes the diversity of voices and needs of African women when challenging patriarchal oppression. African Feminisms are aware of the erasure of African women’s participation and contributions in the pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial struggles and are therefore deliberate in reclaiming and owning their achievements. African Feminisms consciously decolonize our struggle against all forms of oppression by re-affirming our agency to theorize, write, strategize and speak for ourselves as African feminists.