UN (United Nations) Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action, peace, and security.
In efforts to advance peace, stability, and inclusive development in Africa, UN Women, and the African Union Commission, through the office of the AU (African Union) Special Envoy on Women, Peace, and Security and with the support of the Federal Republic of Germany have been implementing a project on women’s leadership initiative for stability in Africa. Under this project, the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) was launched in June 2017 in New York.
The AWLN seeks to enhance the leadership of African women in the transformation of the continent, in line with the Africa Agenda 2063 and the Global Sustainable Development agenda 2030. AWLN serves as a continental platform to galvanize women’s leadership towards lasting peace and sustainable development, the promotion of gender equality, and women’s empowerment in all sectors and at all levels, building on, and working with, existing women networks. AWLN also serves as a practical instrument to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) at the regional level. The network looks to increase women’s participation in decision-making through peer learning and mentoring, enhanced solidarity, advocacy, and capacity-building, among other strategies.
To date, the African Women Leaders Network continues to grow through the national chapters at the country level who contribute to expanding and operationalizing the network. AWLN activities and advocacy are based on the Network’s six pillars: peace and security, governance, finance, agriculture, youth, and social mobilization, which are advanced through the Network’s National Chapters, (now 33).
To support the growing Network, UN Women is hiring a Project support intern who will work closely with the AWLN Policy Analyst; as a person supporting the implementation of a women's leadership project, the intern’s duties and responsibilities would be crucial in ensuring the success and impact of the initiative.
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