African Gender Forum and Award
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The 4th Edition of AGFA took place the 17-18 June 2011 in Dakar, Senegal

On January 23rd 2011, on the margins of the 17th African Union Pre-Summit, the Selection Committee of the African Gender Award, chaired by Ms. Gertrude Mongella, former President of the Pan African Parliament, elected Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of the Republic of Liberia to receive the 2011 African Gender Award.

This year African Gender Award Ceremony took place during the International Conference’s gala dinner, hosted by H.E President Wade, on June 17th 2011 at Le Méridien Président in Dakar, Senegal. The 4th edition of the Award had the honor to count amongst its 500 guests high level dignitaries, such as H.E President Johnson-Sirleaf, Hon. Gertrude Mongella, former President Pan African Parliament, Hon. Awa Ndiaye, Minister of Culture and Gender of Senegal, Hon. Vabah Gayflor, Minister of Gender and Development of Liberia, Hon. Annette Kiawu, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Gender and Development in Liberia, Ambassadors, UNWOMEN, members of the private sectors and participants of the International Conference. Read More

Past Editions Highlights

April 3rd 2010

President GuebuzaAfter having been awarded to President Wade of Senegal, President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, the 2009 African Gender Award was bestowed on his Excellency President Armando Guebuza of the Republic of Mozambique for his notable commitment to the cause of women in his country. The Award’s recognitions were presented to Forum Mulher for Civil Society and to the Confederation of Business Associations of Mozambique (CTA) for the Private Sector for their achievements in gender promotion in their respective agendas. To celebrate this important event, His Excellency President Abdoulaye Wade of the Republic of Senegal, winner of the 2005 edition and patron of the Award hosted the ceremony. The event took place on April 3rd 2010 at the Méridien President in Dakar, Senegal during the Gala dinner organized to celebrate the inauguration of the Renaissance monument initiated by his Excellency President Wade, on the margins of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of African independences. Read More >>

 10th - 12th December 2007 : "African women for Africa's development: Building partnerships with the Diaspora"  Read More >>


Opening ceremony chaired by Hon. Ambassador Gertrude Mongella, President of the Panafrican Parliament and honored with the presence of H.E. Viviane Wade, First Lady of Senegal, H.E. Sia Nyama Koroma, First Lady of Sierra Leone, H.E. Gisele Mandaila, Secretary of State of the Family and Disabled Persons of Belgium, Ms. Yetunde Teriba, Acting Director, WGDD, African Union Commission. Watch the movie >>

2007 African Gender Award Ceremony”, at 12th December at Daniel Sorano Theatre, Dakar (Senegal).   

Celebration of the Laureat: Rwanda and its Leader, H.E. President Paul Kagame, hosted by H.E. President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal. Both Head of States surrounded by the Award Selection Committee Members, chaired by Hon. Ambassador Gertrude Mongella, President of the Panafrican Parliament. Read More >>

H.E. Mr. Joseph N. Boakai, Vice-President of Liberia, presenting Civil Society Award Recognition to Pro-Femmes/Twese Hamwe (Ms. Thérèse Bishagara, President of Pro-Femmes, left) and Private Sector Award Recognition to "Banque Populaire pour la Promotion de la Femme" (Ms. Henriette Zimulinda, PCA of BPPF, right).

bineta diopMs Bineta Diop’s speech
Founder and Executive Director Femmes Africa Solidarité

African women have shown strength, tenacity and steadfastness in working to build peace and reconcile conflicts in their communities, countries and continent.
The launch of the African Gender Forum and the African Gender Award were particularly important moments in the history of Femmes Africa Solidarité, and a stepping stone towards our future goals and aspirations.
The African Gender Forum is an opportunity to create an on-going dialogue across borders, and I am proud of the diversity of contributions we enjoy from various communities, countries and sectors of society.  Full text >>

NANDI - African Gender Award statuette

nandiThe statuette of the African Gender Award inspired the story of an African woman: Nandi. Speaking to her daughter Sally, Nandi talks about the very real and pressing problems faced by African women: the challenges of war, poverty, illiteracy and under-development.
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