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Dear Women in politics,

This year the 8th Annual Leadership Development for Women in Politics Africa conference, held in Cape Town, South Africa was attended by over 40 delegates from several African countries. Delegates had the privilege to meet exceptional women politicians in leadership who addressed the role women play in political, economic and national development.

We had a special guest from UN Women who shared her views and insights form the office of the UN Women’s Executive Director Hon. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

TOP 3 SPEAKERS AS RATED BY YOU:

  • Ann Githuku-Shongwe , Representative, UN Women South Africa Multi Country Office
  • Esther Murugi Mathenge, Member of the National Assembly for Nyeri Town Constituency , Kenya Parliament
  • Professor Thidziambi Phendla, Member of the Education Sector of the South African National Commission, Unesco

SOME OF THE KEY OUTCOMES FROM THE CONFERENCE:

  • Ensuring the NDP in every country in the African region should provide opportunities for young women to get involved and contribute to women political development
  • Driving Integration and development in Africa to bolster more women participation in politics
  • The most effective leaders in politics right now–men and women–are those who embrace traits that were once considered feminine
  • Building capacity for civil society organisations to advocate for women’s participation in political transitions and governance processes
  • Diversity needs to be seen as a bonus in any political setting instead of as a risk
  • Identifying and working with great mentors is one key strategy for success
  • Highlighting the SADC Gender Protocol Barometer and the need for more aggressive measures to be legislated
  • Affiliating yourself with leading women organisations in Africa to accelerate women empowerment
  • Driving integration and development in Africa to bolster more women participation
  • Putting gender issues on the agenda – the role of lobbying and research networks to defend women leadership success
  • Boosting local efforts to advocate for legal rights that enables women to participate fully in the political and economic life of their societies

THE OVERALL CONFERENCE WAS RATED AS 

Excellent        Good     Average

                                                                      54%               44%            2%

Congratulations to:

Melia Douglas, Mayor, Municipality of Malawi– who won a Citizen watch,

Ruth Gyayo, Ministry of Local Government Uganda– who won a beauty hamper

and

Tebogo Modise, Mayor, Municpality of the North West, who won a free seat to next year’s conference

We look forward to seeing you all at next year’s conference.

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