Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA)

Feminist Leadership Development

Ms. Patience Ayebazibwe, Program Officer AMwA
The ICGLR Regional Civil Society Forum convened the second General Assembly from 7th to 9th in Dar es-Salaam Tanzania.The Assembly was aimed at constituting the new leadership of the Forum for the next two years. It was attended by Civil Society Organisation delegation from the 8 countries of Central Africa Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The meeting also brought together representatives from the development partners, ICGLR secretariat, Levy Mwanawasa Democracy and good Governance Centre, National Coordinators from member states and government representatives from the Republic of Tanzania that hosted the meeting.               

AMwA's member of staff Ms. Patience Ayebazibwe who led the Uganda delegation was elected the Regional Secretary of the Regional Civil Society Forum. AMwA has previously served as a vice chair of cross-cutting issues one of the ICGLR thematic areas a position that AMwA effectively utilized  providing leadership through mobilization, coordination and support for civil society members from all member states of the great lakes region to effectively participate and influence at different foras. This is firmly demonstrated by the the 2011 Special summit of Heads of States and government of the Great Lakes Region on Zero Tolerance on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), whose 80% content is contribution of Civil Society.

AMwA has continued to play a critical role in the Great Lakes region including resource mobilization for CSO work, capacity development  for civil society members from the region especially women to enable them take part in peace negotiation and decision making processes thus ensuring  cohesion of society voice at different spaces. Cognizant of the role AMwA continues to play in the region and achievements the Regional Civil Society registered greatly contributed to the successful election of Uganda (Represented by an AMwA Staff) in a lead position ahead of Kenya.

Responsibilities of the new task of the secretary will include among others, supporting the Regional Civil Society Chair in ensuring smooth functioning of the bureaus and the secretariat.  In addition, she will be an information and reference point for the Regional Civil Society Forum. There is no doubt that AMwA will fully utilize her new position and build on the previous experience to step up the Civil Society engagement in the region.