The African Women Leaders Symposium was held on 24th and 25th August at SafariPark Hotel, Nairobi. This saw a convergence of women leaders in a symposium that brought together women of power and influence occupying various decision-making positions.
In the two days during the symposium, various issues were discussed including New threats on Security in Africa, Patriarchy and Violence, Women and the Economy and strategies for advancing women leadership. It also touched on Intergenerational learning to explore models and approaches that work.
The two-day event was graced by Ambassador Dr. Amina Mohamed who is the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya who gave the welcome remarks and keynote address to officially kick start the symposium. The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Defense Kenya Raychelle Omamo was the dignitary charged with giving the closing speech on the second day. The event also saw the attendance of other dignitaries such as Dr. Amanda Serumaga, the UNDP Kenya Country Representative and former Minister for constitutional affairs and 2013 presidential candidate, Martha Karua.
We had a Digital Skills training during the event which was facilitated by Maryana Munyendo of SimbaSafe Kenya. The training covered social media ethics, how women can protect themselves online and how to use Social media for social good through causes that help to push for women’s rights and the rights of the girl child e.g the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.
Some of the tweets sent out during the training can be found using the hashtag #AWLS and #BAKETraining. Here are a few of the tweets:
— Caleb Yegon™ (@calebchep) August 25, 2016
— Sarah Kagingo (@SarahKagingo) August 24, 2016
— Simba-Safe Kenya (@MaryanaMunyendo) August 25, 2016
Great to hear from domestic workers. Domestic workers rights/issues must be included in feminist/women rights. movements. #AWLS
— Mwende Ngao (@mwendesusu) August 25, 2016
A SHEvolution (Female revolution) needs to be funded. Why aren’t we investing in gender equity as much as the other sectors? #AWLS
— Renatta (@TheReneeissance) August 25, 2016