1st AWLN Inter- Generational Retreat on Leadership in Africa, 16th-18th August 2019, Nairobi, Kenya
The African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) and the AWLN Young Women Leaders Caucus with the Office of the African Union Youth Envoy (OYE) held the first African Women Leaders Network Inter-Generational Retreat on Leadership in Africa with the theme: Women Leadership in Africa: “Building the Africa We Want Together”. This retreat was in partial fulfillment of AWLN’s pledge to the African Union Commission’s 1 Million by 2021 Initiative, which committed to building capacities of young leaders on civic leadership from community to continental level.
This important event was convened by H.E. Ms. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Former President of the Republic of Liberia and Patron of the AWLN), and hosted by H.E. Mr. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, (President of the Republic of Kenya and UNICEF Global Champion for Youth Empowerment), with the support of AWLN Champions H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat (Chairperson of the African Union Commission) and of H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres (Secretary-General of the United Nations), in Nairobi, Kenya on 16th – 18th August, 2019.
The main objective was to ensure strong women’s leadership across generations, driven by principles and values that advance the delivery of commitments made for Africa’s transformation.
Expectations from the retreat and Insight into Women Leadership in Africa
The three day program kicked off with an energetic conversation with the young women’s caucus on their expectations of an inter generational dialogue. Young leaders emphasized the need for more spaces that allow them to learn and share experiences with senior women. They called for a solidarity of women and a conscious opening of spaces and networks.