Our Team and Structure
FAWE is a membership organisation whose members include ministers of education, university vice-chancellors, education policy-makers, researchers, gender specialists and human rights activists.
Our organisation structure comprises a Regional Secretariat headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and National Chapters operating in 33 countries across Africa. Our governance structure comprises the General Assembly and an 11-member Executive Committee.
Specifically, it prepares, implements and monitors detailed work programmes of the organization, provides communication liaison with individual members, funding partners and strategic partners. The Regional Secretariat also supports the functions of the Executive Committee and the General Assembly by preparing background documentation and maintaining proper books of accounts and audited reports for the smooth running of the organization.
To provide policy guidance and direction, the Executive Committee is tasked with the role of approving FAWE’s work programmes and budgets. The Board admits new members into FAWE which are ratified by the General Assembly. The Board approves the creation of regional and national offices and any other representations, including recognition of National Chapters, appoints the Executive Director and approves the appointment of senior officers at the Secretariat. Besides overseeing the management of FAWE assets and overall corporate governance, the board represents and speaks on behalf of FAWE at international fora.
The General Assembly, comprised of Members, is the supreme governing body of FAWE that convenes on a triennial basis to review the role and policies of the organization.
The General Assembly convenes every three years. Ordinary Members of FAWE are entitled to attend and vote. Corporate Members and Honorary Members may also attend but have no voting rights. Besides reviewing the role and policies of the FAWE, the meeting deliberates on reports, considers proposals from the board, elects members of the board and approves the admission of new members. Extraordinary meetings of the General Assembly may be held when necessary.
- The Founding Members of FAWE.
- Serving Women Ministers and Deputy Ministers of Education.
- Serving women presidents of universities, women vice-chancellors and women deputy vice-chancellors, women rectors and women heads of degree awarding institutions.
- Prominent women educationalists including retired executive directors and chairpersons of FAWE, selected by the Board. This category of membership shall not be more that 20 % of Ordinary members subject to review from time to time by the general assembly. Individuals will be appointed for a period of three years, renewable for one term.
- Serving women permanent secretaries and/or directors of education in the education ministries provided such a person is the highest serving woman in the Ministry.
- Professional women of Africa who work towards promoting girls’ education in their countries. Individuals will be appointed for a period of three years, renewable for one term.
- Women who are committed to the objectives of FAWE and its mandate and invited by the Board at its own discretion. Individuals will be appointed for a period of three years, renewable for one term.
- Women working for equality and equity in education invited to the membership of FAWE by the Board. Individuals will be appointed for a period of three years, renewable for one term.
- National Chapter Chairpersons or representatives selected at the sub-region through a consultative process before the General Assembly as follows; (1) member for each sub-region on a three (3) year rotational basis (rotating by country within the region). Such representative shall have voting rights, but shall not be eligible to be elected.
- Chairperson of the FAWE Alumni.
- National Chapters established in accordance with Article 16 hereof.
- Institutions committed to the promotion of the education of girls and women within and beyond the region and invited by the Board at its own discretion.
- Individuals committed to FAWE’s objectives and mandate.
- Serving male Ministers for Education who are committed to the objectives of FAWE and its mandate and invited by the Board at its own discretion.
- Former women Ministers and Deputy Ministries, former Permanent Secretaries and Directors of Education, Former Vice-Chancellors, former Presidents of Universities and former Deputy Vice-Chancellors.
- Serving women ministers and deputy ministers other than ministers or deputy ministers of education.
- Women Parliamentarians