The Africa Liberal Network (ALN) together with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), the Liberal Democrats and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy ran the Africa Liberal Network’s Women’s Leadership Programme for 2019 (that continues in 2020). The programme trained women politicians from ALN member parties to develop knowledge and skills in order to win candidate nominations and upcoming elections, or to be elected to internal party leadership positions. The programme also aims to dismantle barriers to women’s political participation and selection as candidates. Fourteen women from across Africa formed part of the 2019 programme representing Morocco, Senegal, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Zambia and Botswana.
The project also falls within our global campaign titled #FemaleForward. We ask, how can women better reach their goals in society, politics or at work?
IN THE VIDEO SERIES BELOW, WE PROFILE 13 WOMEN IN LIBERAL POLITICAL PARTIES WHO SHARE WITH US WHAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE CHANGE FOR WOMEN IN AFRICAN POLITICS.
LAURÉE SIMBA LELO DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
“As a young woman in politics I believe I am a new face in game, new idea, new print, new perspective that the world should discover. I learnt that I am resilient as I was able to overcome the perception of being a young woman and ‘inexperienced young politician’.”
SITI NGWALI TANZANIA
“The political journey is not easy, I should not wait to be invited to the table, rather I should take initiate and take advantage of opportunities that are available to for me. Being a young woman in politics, I actively participate in politics and address social and economical issues that affect the nation not only women’s issues.”
RACHEL BUGINGO TANZANIA
“As a young woman in African politics I see my self as a change-maker. I want to represent well my issues of concerns such as gender inequality and my purpose towards community. I have discovered that I am determined and driven by a purpose as I always fight hard to make sure the community needs are served.”