The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) is a pan- African, feminist and membership-based network based in Nairobi with over 800 members across 49 African countries. FEMNET exists to facilitate and coordinate the sharing of experiences, ideas, information, and strategies for human rights promotion among African women’s organizations through networking, communication, capacity-building and advocacy at the regional and international levels. Since inception in 1988, FEMNET has strategically positioned herself as a convenor, organizer and facilitator on dialogues around critical issues including women’s involvement in governance and leadership, promoting women’s economic justice, advocating for women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, ending gender-based violence and harmful practices (such as female genital mutilation and child marriage) and strengthening the women’s movement in Africa.

FEMNET continues to be intentional in influencing decisions made at national, regional and global levels, constantly ensuring African women voices are amplified and their needs, priorities and aspirations are prioritized in key policy dialogues and outcomes that have direct and indirect impact on their lives. FEMNET has established her niche as a nucleus serving to mobilize African women and girls to lobby and advocate for the domestication and implementation of commitments made by African governments to the advancement of gender equality and realization of women’s rights. Such commitments include the global and continental declarations on gender equality and women’s rights that African governments are signatories to such as the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women and Girls (CEDAW), Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), ICPD Programme of Action, and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development (SDGs) at the global level and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol) at the regional level.

Click here to Download/Read FEMNET’s Herstory: Our Journey in Advocating for the Rights of African Women – English.

Click here to Download/Read FEMNET’s Herstory: Our Journey in Advocating for the Rights of African Women – French.

FEMNET’s Safeguarding Policy is premised on the principle of zero tolerance toward all forms of sexual harassment and gender-based violence. The Policy applies to all staff (including consultants, mentees, volunteers), affiliates (including contractors, suppliers, vendors), FEMNET members (individuals and organizational) and the members of the Board of Directors – ALL are expected to maintain highest standards of the personal integrity and honest and to treat one another respectfully at all times, regardless of gender, sex, sexual orientation, ability, race, ethnicity and religion.

FEMNET’s Code of Conduct affirms our commitment to upholding fairness, integrity, honesty, professionalism and transparency in conducting all our internal and external affairs/operations and being responsive to preventing, detecting, reporting, investigating and remedying any misconduct in the workplace.

Feel free to share any information and/or report any concerns you may have about anyone or anything related to FEMNET by sending an email to The email is monitored and reviewed by a committee comprised of a Programme/Management Staff, Admin & Human Resource staff, an Internal Safeguarding Board Adviser and an External Integrity Adviser.

FEMNET is a Corruption-Free Zone

FEMNET is committed to ensuring that her policies, procedures and practices are consistent with ethical practices and conduct.

FEMNET defines corruption as the misuse of entrusted power for private gain and this include offering and receiving bribes, blackmail, embezzlement, conflict of interest and nepotism.

Report corruption or fraud if:-

You suspect corruption at the Secretariat and/or among members of FEMNET
You are aware of that funds managed by FEMNET are not being managed in accordance with what has been agreed
You are aware of serious misconduct by a member of FEMNET staff


All reported suspicions are received and managed by FEMNET’s investigation team, e-mail:

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