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Prof. Maggie Kigozi, a Board Member of AMwA's International Executive Board joined AMwA on the 31st of October 2014 as the Interim Executive Director following the departure of Ms. Leah Chatta- Chipepa who had led the organization for 3 years.

Join us in welcoming Prof. Maggie at the AMwA secretariat. Prof. Maggie Kigozi, a renowned entrepreneur joins us with wealth of leadership expertise that we trust will lead the AMwA team during the transition as the AMwA Board embarks on recruiting a new Executive Director. In a communique from the Board President it was noted that; Professor Maggie will be assisting in recruiting an ED as well as ensuring that programmes continue to run.

It is on rare occasions that a Board Member will step in to support an institution in this regard; as such we are enthusiastic about this development as it truly demonstrates the Board's commitment to supporting the Organization.

In the same spirit as we welcome Prof. Maggie; we commend Ms. Leah Chatta-Chipepa for all the support offered to the organization during her tenure and wish her all the best in her new role in Zambia.

Four country teams from Nambia, Malawi, DRC and Botswana set off with determination to implement their action plans on feminist facilitation skills acquired from the June 2014 feminist facilitation workshop held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Although each country team held the workshops under different themes; the trainings were hinged on the feminist leadership modules and each group had unique audience that they strategically identified.

DRC

The team from DRC (Arlette, Sylvie, and Benita) were the first to implement their action plan. The trio demonstrated great skills of leadership. They had the training well set out, with mentors in the space to enrich the learning, journalists from various media houses in Kinshasha who gave the training a wider coverage and publicity. They confidently and creatively facilitated the different sessions with great support from mentors. Like good learners they worked tirelessly to practice their skills in feminist facilitation, they communicated with a lot of passion, had great energizers built into the topics of discussion, group activities were used to help participants further interrogate some of the aspects of the Module. They engaged with participants and allowed them to speak for themselves and contribute to some of the debates. They were cognizant of the feminist space and gave everyone a chance to express themselves.

12 Young women from Malawi, Namibia, Botswana and DRC are gathered at Sandton Lodge, Johannesburg from the 9th-13th June, 2014 undertaking a training in feminist facilitation as part of a project aimed at strengthening the Southern African women's movement.

The workshops which are part of an on-going process of supporting young feminist leaders is a strategy that aims at developing a critical mass of feminists who can train, coach and mentor others on feminist leadership principles and values. The project is based on the need to address the lack of knowledge transfer and mentorship programmes for young feminists that has been identified as one of the causes of the weakening of the women's movement in the region.

Throughout the three days of facilitation so far participants have undertaken various modules that have focused on Feminism and the Self; that demonstrated the courage, struggles, power, and patriarchy well captured through the leadership journeys shared by participants. The notion of understanding power was deeply interrogated with examples of how power continuously manifests itself in our lives with an analogy of the "Master's House" and how it has continued to enslave women in various evolving forms. Feminist Popular education was another exciting and yet powerful module that enhanced participant's appreciation of feminist education in comparison to other forms of learning.

Today marked the 3rd day of the workshop with quite challenging yet exciting modules on Feminism &Organisational Development and Feminist Evaluation all of which have enabled participants develop a feminist lens for effective feminist organising, appreciation for and celebration of our achievement; not forgetting accountability as part of feminist leadership. It was clear that feminist evaluation is critical to feminist organising and development and triggered reflections on how we evaluate our day to day work/projects without taking into account the principles of feminist evaluation.