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Concept of the Diligent African Women Network (DAWN) Summit 2013

Diligent African Woman Network (DAWN) Summit 2013

Motto: “A New Dawn for African Women”

Theme: African Women at the forefront of Sustainability: Water- Food-Energy Nexus

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, October/November, 2013


The Diligent Africa Woman Network Summit (DAWN) Summit 2013) is being co-convened by Ikra Educational Training Centre (IETC) Tanzania and inspire me Cameroon, October/November , 2013. The DAWN Summit will empower women and girls to be more effective leaders by linking with their peers from around the African Continent and the Diaspora, sharing and implementing best practices on social, cultural and economic empowerment, influencing climate change, sustainable development and building resilient communities. The Summit will promote progress on girls and women’s leadership on peace and security, and women’s leadership and empowerment in general.

The Summit seeks to realize the aims of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security to ensure that women are protected from the worst abuses in times of conflict and to empower them to play their rightful and vital role in helping their countries prevent, end and recover from conflict, promote sustainable development and build resilient communities. The Summit will bring together a Pan Africa group of girls and women leaders to identify the successes and failures of measures adopted for 1325; to serve as a resource base and catalyst for activity worldwide; and to develop and support meaningful strategies and activities for increasing global security and the role girls/women can play.

The Diligent African Women Network (DAWN) Centre on Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, Peace and Security, which will be based in “Haven of Peace”, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and launched in October 2013, will serve as an implementation mechanism for the program of action emerging from the Summit. The centre will support results-oriented projects around the African Continent; training to empower current and future women leaders; and research, analysis and advocacy on women’s leadership. The Centre will be established in honor of Diligent African Women, who have made Africa proud in several respects.

Summit Goals for Program Development

Goal 1: Empower women and girls to be more effective leaders by linking with their peers from around the Continent of Africa/Diaspora and sharing best practices.

a) Build global networks and facilitate collective action among women leaders that incorporate African women from conflict-affected areas.
b) Share and further develop effective models of economic empowerment and decent work for women and men.
c) Engage young people in supporting and embracing women’s empowerment, leadership development and contributions to international peace and security.
d) Amplify the efforts and achievements of women leaders in conflict-affected areas.

Goal 2: Support the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

a) Present a status report on implementation of SCR 1325, including concrete recommendations on monitoring and accountability mechanisms.
b) Facilitate the networking of African women that leads to the implementation of 1325, including support for concrete programs for African women as a response to an Africa country-level implementation plan SCR 1325.
c) Prepare an action plan that includes a Summit statement from Participants to the African Union (AU), United Nations (UN) Security Council calling for stronger accountability mechanisms for SCR1325 and other measures.
d) Consider the impact of migration and returning refugees on development and women’s empowerment.

Goal 3: Contribute to the Transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with special reference on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and girls including building the capacity and resources of government and non-governmental institutions to work for women’s rights and economic empowerment.

a) Share lessons learned on Transition from the MDGs to SDGs across regions and adapt strategies from countries within the Africa context, particularly in the areas of women’s political participation and related to gender-based violence.

Goal 4: Demonstrate the clear gender dimensions of climate change, environment protection, sustainable development and the building of resilient communities.

a) Strengthen girls and women’s participation in sustainable development, particularly in developing of sustainable livelihoods in rural areas related with climate change with reference to the Water-Food-Energy Nexus:
1 Electrification in rural areas and providing other forms of energy with renewable sources/provision of clean cook stoves for house hold energy requirements
2 Increasing of forest areas, sustainable forest management including agro forestry and agribusiness
3 Adaptation and development of agricultural methods, crops and irrigation in dry lands and flooding areas
4 Development of integrated water management and sanitation in dry or flooding regions

b) Make women leaders aware of the role of women in management of natural resources and linkage between gender and climate change.
c) Make women leaders aware of various resources of financing, which could be used, both for migration and adaptation of climate, change as well as facilitate programs and projects for financing

Goal 5: Launch the Diligent African Women Network (DAWN) Centre on Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, Peace and Security in Tanzania to support the implementation of action emerging from the Summit through, inter alia, training research.

For More Information:

Please Contact,

Ms Rosemary Olive Mbone Enie
Geologist/Gender Ambassador
Executive Director,
Ikra Educational Training Centre (IETC) Tanzania
P O Box 12231, Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255683756729



Nakinti's picture

I know it!

Hello mum,
I was attracted first by your attire, and then by the content of your post.
I was just curious, wanted to really know whether you are a Cameroonian living in Tanzania. No doubt about that, you are....or?
About the summit, its a brilliant initiative.
I work with women's Ministry in Cameroon, have a degree in Women and Gender Studies, presently a Masters student in Women and Gender studies in UB, double as a journalist, live in Bamenda Cameroon.
The package that this summit is carrying is very rich, I would very much love to be a part.
Thanks very much for sharing mama.
I will obviously get in contact.

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon

mboneenie's picture

Hello Nakinti

Hello Nakinti,

Thank you very much for your mail and information. Yes I am a Cameroonian living in Tanzania. Please send me your mail to I shall connect you to our partners in Cameroon. So that you can link up with them.


Ms Rosemary Olive Mbone Enie
Geologist/Gender Ambassador/GEN Ambassador
GEN Africa Council Member
Executive Director, Tanzania Women Miners Association (TAWOMA) Tanzania
International Coordinator
African Mayors Action on Climate Change (AMACC)

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