The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is a membership-based Pan-African nongovernmental organization, led by African women working for equality and equity in education across the continent. With headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, FAWE works across the continent in 33 countries with a mission to promote gender equity and equality in education in Africa by fostering positive policies, practices and attitudes towards girls’ education. Our work influences government policy, builds public awareness, demonstrates best educational practice through effective models and encourages the adoption of these models by governments and institutions of education. In addition, FAWE advocates for the participation of women in decision making positions in the community and elimination of all forms of gender discrimination.
FAWE in partnership with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) is implementing the Women in Political Participation (WPP) project for a period of 3 years. The project aims at increasing the political participation and representation of women in Africa in line with the Maputo Protocol of 2003, various associated sub-regional protocols and standards, and the SDGs. The project is being implemented in 8 African countries i.e. Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, and Zimbabwe through a consortium made up of FAWE, FEMNET, Gender Links, WLSA, IFAN – Gender lab, I-IDEA and PADARE.
Despite of the efforts that have been made in enhancing participation of women in politics in most African countries, women continue to be underrepresented in political seats and decision making in both political and public space. In order to change the narrative, there is need for raising and sustaining awareness in order to change prevailing attitudes, examine obstacles to and proposals for reform and change, empower identified champions of change, and share comparative evidence that could propel action. To improve the participation of women in politics there is need to avail avenues where young women can be trained and mentored for the purpose of next generation leadership development for advancing women’s political participation. Additionally, male political leaders and activists including the younger generations and traditional leaders need to be trained in order to build, renew and enhance their knowledge and enlist their support in increasing women political participation.
FAWE’s Scope of Work
As part of the consortium, FAWE plays a leading role in coordinating the activities in Kenya and Tanzania as well as the region in Botswana, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Senegal, and Zimbabwe. More specifically, FAWE implements the WPP project in collaboration key stakeholders in the political arena. FAWE also has a role in the consortium of driving the regional activities, main activities for the WPP programme include:
1. Conducting Situational Research and Analysis on WPP for country specific paper in Kenya and Tanzania.
2. Developing Country-Specific Policy Briefs on WPP for Kenya and Tanzania.
3. Developing the Regional WPP Academy Learning Manual.
4. Testing and validation of academy learning manual.
5. Training of facilitators on the learning manual.
6. Hosting a Semi-Annual Regional WPP Academy on Rotational Basis in Quarter 2 and 3.
7. Regional Inter-Generational mentorship 8. Regional Model School Curriculum Reforms enhancing WPP .
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