Forum on African Women Leadership Development

In facing the challenges of managing their careers or projects to maximize professional and personal goals, women often struggle with how to develop their own leadership styles and effectively enhance their power and status within an organization.  To reach the highest levels of management, it is essential for women to recognize, understand, and transform common professional challenges into career-building opportunities. Interestingly, most women are gradually assuming a leading role and pioneering a new commitment towards the realization of the sustainable development goals which places a lot more implication on the African woman.

Rwanda is a good example of a country that has witness the forceful emergence of women leaders in both public and corporate positions and has consistently maintained an enviable spot in global gender equality ranking. In the recent 2017 World Economic Forum global gender gap report which benchmarked 144 countries on their progress towards gender parity across four thematic dimensions: Economic Participation and Opportunity, Educational Attainment, Health and Survival, and Political Empowerment, Rwanda emerged 4th most gender equal country in the world and the only African Country in the first 10.

Decades after the Rwandan Genocide in 1994, the great untold story of how the women of Rwanda took their destiny in their hands continue to reverberate around the world. It is therefore imperative that   governments and institutions all over Africa begin to learn from the Rwandan experience. They must consistently develop, encourage and sponsor gender leadership development programmes, policies and strategies that seek to provide women and men with equal opportunities to showcase their inert abilities for the betterment of mankind.

 Participants at the FORUM are expected to take home the following benefit;

  • Overcome overt and hidden biases against women as leaders
  • Adopt a competitive mind-set that leverages your strengths as a woman
  • Build a wide and strategic network of key stakeholders who will promote your career
  • Learn to deal with hypercompetitive colleagues
  • Become a more confident, assertive woman in a competitive, male-dominated world
  • Getting out of your comfort zone and developing a more resilient mind set
  • Gain a competitive advantage by taking smart career risks
  • Initiating and forming friendly competitor and challenger relationships
  • Expand  your strategic network in a virtual world
  • Learn how to collaborate with people you don’t like

The forum which is proudly supported by the parliament of the Republic of Rwanda, will offer a platform for prominent stakeholders to share key information and participate in more focused and in-depth discussions on wide range of issues relating to the girl child, women empowerment and gender equity as a vehicle for championing inclusive and sustainable development, will bring together individuals, institutions, leaders, politicians, academics, businesses, diplomats, major Think-Tanks on gender issues.

First Strategy International has shown unbridled commitment in inspiring a multilateral action for gender emancipation and empowerment. This forum is organized in strategic partnership with the Mandela Legacy Centre for Leadership and Development and the Asset Africa Institute Kenya.

Highlights of the workshop shall include;

  • Guests Presentations
  • High Level Panel Discussions /Case Studies
  • Working visits
  • Networking
  • Closing Dinner


  • Female Executives in the Public and Private Sector
  • Women in Civil Service / Ministries, Departments and Agencies
  • Female Business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Women in Banking and Business,
  • Elected Female Legislators
  • Wives of Elected & Appointed Government Officials
  • Wives of Senior Military/Paramilitary Officers
  • Leaders of Women Associations and Civil Society Organizations
  • Women Leaders and Emerging Leaders, ready and willing to more fully access their professional and expressive potential.

REGISTRATION FEE:   $1000 (One Thousand Dollars)

  • This fee will cover participation fee, refreshment (lunch and tea breaks for the duration of the forum) study tours, working visits, all workshop materials, certificate of completion and a closing dinner on the last day of the forum.

For participation and enquiries, please contact +234 8037478294, +2348119740015 or email workshop@localhost  or