Who Are We?
Founded in December 2010 as a result of the launch of the African Women’s Decade, it is a virtual information hub that promotes African women’s participation in all aspects of development discourse.
Our goal is to ensure that African women and girls have a strong voice in all governance institutions, from the judiciary to the civil service, as well as in the private sector and civil society, so that they can participate fully and equally in public dialogue and in making the decisions that will determine the future of their families, communities and countries
WHAT WE DO
Existing primarily online, MEWC centralizes current, critical resources and tools, providing African women with a platform for sharing ideas and maximizing the advocacy and networking potential of the Internet and social media technology.
MEWC promotes access to and use and appropriation of information and communication technologies among African women and girls to enable them to develop a thoughtful and strategic use of ICTs to improve their life conditions, exercise their rights, prevent gender violence and achieve economic empowerment.
MEWC has ignited a grassroots advocacy movement online, with the aim of increasing awareness on the status of women in Africa, centralizing news and resources relevant to women’s rights, and engaging African women directly in the dialogue about their rights and opportunities.
HOW WE DO IT
MEWC has two key objectives for the empowerment of African girls and women:
- 1.Enhance access by women and girls to information on their status, rights and opportunities
- 2.Build the capacity of women and girls to effectively use this information for their advancement
We aim achieve these objectives through the following approach:
- Information: Offering information, resources and guidance to women’s organisations, grassroots movements and activists working on the ground to empower women and girls.
- Knowledge sharing: Providing African women with a platform for sharing ideas, learning and creating linkages to build up leaders in African society.
- Participation: Monitoring the participation of women in national and local politics.
- Accountability: Producing an annual report as an audit of the status and condition of women in each African country.
- Capacity building: Providing training and skills development to increase women’s awareness of their legal status and democracy concepts as well as their leadership, entrepreneurship and communication skills.