TRACER STUDY OF AWLI ALUMNI (1997-2010) – “Voices of African Women Leaders”
2010 is a special year for AMwA. This year, we celebrated 25 years of AMwA and 13 years of our flagship programme, the AWLI! Since the first AWLI was held in 1997, the Institute has lived up to its promise of developing a strong cadre of African women leaders at personal and collective levels to influence policy and decision-making and speak out on issues that affect them. Over 3500 women from Africa and UK/Europe have passed through the AWLI since its inception and many of you are making significant contributions to the development of your community and country. The AWLI itself has had numerous achievements and has gone through a number of changes such as hosting the first Francophone AWLI, the first AWLI in Central Africa, broadening the constituency to special interest groups, demand-driven organizational AWLIs, etc, therefore continuously breaking barriers.
Over the next two years, we will undertake an AWLI Tracer Study of our alumni from 1997-2010. The aim of this Tracer Study is to provide evidence of the impact of the AWLI on young women leaders and to provide a reference for role models of women leaders for the women’s movement in Africa and policy makers in decision making arenas.
The workshop was organised away from the ‘madding crowd’. It was held in the womb of Serena Hotel in Lweza, was attended by 15 people, the staff of AMwA, some board members, friends and activists/consultants. The bringing together of these four groups gave it an energising ‘aroma’.
The room was right, the ambiance fantastic and health food was strategically piled in one corner of the room. When confused, frustrated or happy, we did not reach out for a sweet but a tropical fruit. Each one of us was given a colourful great cushion for our backs, meditation and for cushioning us when the going was tough.