Based in Nairobi, Kenya, FEMNET is a pan-African, membership-based organization working to advance women’s rights in five key areas: leadership and governance, economic empowerment, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), women in the media, and institutional strengthening of women’s rights groups.
With its SRHR work, FEMNET is working to influence national legal and policy frameworks so they protect and promote the dignity and bodily integrity of African women. Their issues include preventing gender-based violence and the spread of HIV/AIDS and promoting gender equality and women’s right to sexual and reproductive health and services.
FEMNET seeks to facilitate and coordinate the sharing of experiences, ideas, information, and strategies to promote human rights among African women's organizations through networking, communication, and advocacy at the regional, national, and international levels.
FEMNET has played a leading role in building the women’s movement in Africa since 1988, and is spearheading the development and implementation of an African women’s post-2015 strategy. With a network of member organizations in most African countries, some of whom have high level relationships within key governments, FEMNET has demonstrated a unique capacity to mobilize a broad range of women's rights advocates from the region around a common cause.
Recognizing the failures of the Millennium Development Goals to advance gender equality and women’s access to decision-making at all levels, including with respect to their sexual and reproductive lives, the international community has called for a transformative new development framework that highlights gender equality and women’s empowerment. African governments can play a crucial role to champion this transformative agenda and to ensure that SRHR, gender equality and women’s empowerment are enshrined as key priorities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. FEMNET will be lobbying African policymakers to ensure the African Common Position for Post-2015 prioritizes these issues.