Date: Monday, April 23, 2018

What:Second Women Leaders Forum for Africa’s Transformation of the African Women Leaders Network

The forum will be held under the theme: “Women Working Together for the Africa We Want: From Commitment to Action”

Highlights for media

  • Coverage of the opening session 24th April Main speakers will include

    From the African Union Commission:

    • H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat: Chairperson of the African Union Commission
    • H.E. Bineta Diop: AUC Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security

    From the United Nations:

    • H.E. Amina J. Mohammed: United Nations Deputy Secretary- General
    • H.E. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

    From the German Embassy

    • H.E. Ambassador Brita Wagener: Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ethiopia and the African Union
  • Press conference and one on one interview opportunities after the opening session

When: Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th April, 2018

Who: The meeting is being hosted by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations (UN), through the offices of the AUC Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), with the support of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Where: African Union Commission: Addis Ababa: Ethiopia


Notes to the Editor:

The African Women Leaders Network was launched following a three-day “High-Level Women Leaders Forum for Africa’s Transformation” at the UN Headquarters from 31 May to 2 June 2017, organized by the African Union Commission and UN Women, with the support of the Government of Germany. The forum brought together over hundred women leaders, who are now advocating for leadership of women throughout the African continent, with a focus on peace; stability and development.

The Network aims to harness the wealth of African women’s experiences of leadership, build on other existing and emerging networks of women leaders, as well as develop new partnerships to strengthen the capacity of women. It intends to support the advancement of more women leaders on the continent, through peer learning and mentoring, to enhance their contributions to building and sustaining peace, security and political processes for sustainable economic and social transformation, towards the realization of Africa Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Journalists are kindly invited to take part in the press conference on 24 April 2018 at 12:30 to share the common vision of the AU and the UN, the African Women Leaders Network. This press conference is also the opportunity to showcase the objectives and expected outcomes of the Forum, and to emphasize the African Women Leaders voices on issues of peace, security and development in Africa.


Live webcast of the opening ceremony of the event and the press conference at & ; and


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 For further information, please contact:


Head of Communication Division, African Union Commission;

Ms. Verlaine-Diane SOOBROYDOO,

Policy Adviser on Women, Peace and Security at the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations ;

Mr. Alpha BA,

Regional Communications Specialist, UN Women West and Central Africa