UNESCO Education UIL

African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), Kenya

Réseau de Développement et de Communications des Femmes Africaines

FEMNET is a pan-African network set up in 1988 to share experiences, information and strategies among African women's non-governmental organisations (NGOs) through advocacy, training and communications. FEMNET seeks to advance and strengthen the role of African women's development, equality and other human rights at regional and international levels. A core priority for FEMNET is to promote the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) for better membership, networking and effective advocacy among African women in Francophone and Anglophone countries. Information dissemination and sharing is carried out locally by FEMNET’s national focal points in the five sub-regions of North, South, Central, East and West Africa. The Secretariat in Nairobi provides documentation and readership services, gives expert advice on gender issues and can be tapped for international meetings and conferences on gender issues as needed.

FEMNET’s Vision is to enhance “African women's collective leadership for equality, peace and sustainable development”.

Areas of Specialization:

Culture, Economic and social development, Education, Environment, Gender issues, Human rights, Media education, Womens health

User Profile:

Trainers; researchers; consultants; university students and lectures; staff and members of FEMNET

Contact Information


P.O. Box 54562, 00200,

(+254 20) 2712971/2
(+254 20) 3742927
Contact person:
Rose Akinyi, Administrator

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Therese Niyondiko (Acting Executive Director)
Information staff:
Countries Served:
Working Languages:
English, French


Books and Documents:
Multimedia materials:
CDs/DVDs; videos; photographs

Methods of Data Management

Cataloging Rules
Classification System
Special classification scheme
Methods of Data Processing
Online Public Access Catalogue using WEBLIS database, the web version of the CDS/ISIS database.

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Library services locally; information services regionally and internationally

Publications Produced

Books, such as: "Gender mainstreaming within the African Union (AU): a proposed framework for action", "From OAU to AU and NEPAD: strategies for African women", "The process of integrating gender in the PRSP process in Kenya and the challenges encountered by the gender lobby groups", "Gender mainstreaming in macroeconomic policies and poverty reduction strategy in Kenya". Newsletters, such as: "FEMNET News", "GENNEWS", "OUR RIGHTS". Various programmes produce publications on their focus areas and research as well as workshop reports.

Special Activities

Participating in documentation seminars and conferences; encouraging media and documentation networks; gender training; consultancies and capacity building; coordinating the participation of African NGOs in regional and international conferences

Other material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

Lack of funding to expand collection and space.

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Use of new information and communication technologies to further manage and disseminate information to all members

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

Clearinghouse on gender and women’s issues in the African region