On Monday 25th October 2021, the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) and Oxfam signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to host the 3rd and 4th Women in Political Participation (WPP) virtual academies. The WPP Academies will be as a result of the support and partnership from Oxfam Kenya.
Each Academy session will target a total of 35 participants comprising of 3 current/seasoned female politicians, aspiring or current politicians (age 18-35 years, at least 3 being women with disability and 3 student leaders), 2 media practitioners who will report on women political leadership and 2 male champions for women’s rights. The 35 learners will be drawn from various regions of the country based on the former provinces of Kenya.
It is expected that the academy sessions will create synergy and cooperation amongst women political leaders in Kenya and the region. Additionally, they will also help demystify perceptions held by women from getting into political leadership roles thus enhancing women politicians’ visibility.
Caption: FAWE Executive Director Ms. Martha R.L Muhwezi (left) and Oxfam Country Director Mr. John Kitui sign MOU to host the 3rd and 4th WPP Virtual Academies.
FAWE in partnership with The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) has been implementing the Enhancing the Inclusion of Women in Political Participation in Africa, Women in Political Participation (WPP) project. It aims at increasing the political participation and representation of women in Africa in line with the Maputo Protocol, various associated sub-regional protocols and standards, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This project is being implemented in 8 African countries namely, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. FAWE has specific projects in Kenya and Tanzania and is leading in regional interventions including Model School Curriculum Reforms for Enhancing WPP, Inter-Generational Mentorships, Development of a Regional WPP Academy Learning Manual and Training of facilitators on the learning manual.