African Feminist Forum (AFF) East Africa Gathering Registration 2022

Deadline: 26th of August.

African Feminist Forum (AFF) East Africa Gathering Registration 2022

Feminists in East Africa, under the wide umbrella of the African Feminist Forum (AFF) will convene will take place from 26th to 30th September 2022 in Kenya under the theme “Movement Building against Fundamentalism”. This is part of the wider work of challenging the calcifying threat of fundamentalisms which have resulted in the rollback of rights and freedoms for minoritized groups particularly women, girls and gender diverse persons. The gathering will draw feminist individuals and collectives, Academics, trade unionists, environmental activists and members from national feminist forums.

The AFF was founded in 2006 in Accra Ghana by self-identified African feminists who wanted to create a regional platform to link feminist energies and initiatives. Members of the regional AFF have since gone on to create national Feminist Forums; hosting convenings and organising solidarity, advocacy and ongoing support space for feminist activists in and between countries. The AFF usually brings feminists together in a continental gathering, the last one being in Zimbabwe in 2016 under the theme “Voice, Power and Soul.” While conversations on the 5th AFF gathering had started in 2019 with the ambition to commune in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic effectively brought all arrangements to a halt. The Working Group of the AFF has now proposed the convening of regional forums to engage smaller numbers and to also enable regions to discuss issues that are more relevant to their contexts.

The East African Regional Gathering is being convened in that regard. For the purposes of this convening East Africa is being defined as those hailing from/based in Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

It will be a space to build collective power to challenge the threat of fundamentalisms in East Africa.

Please note that in the spirit of feminist solidarity and resourcing our movements, participants in the gathering will be required to make a modest contribution of $20. The pool shall be given to a feminist collective we shall agree on at the gathering.