2021 Call for Nomination: Documenting Stories and Contributions of African Female Leaders

Deadline: June 30, 2021.

This initiative is aimed at recognizing and celebrating African women and girls in making a difference through demonstrated exceptional leadership at the grassroot or executive positions. The book aims to create a space for women to share their experiences, triumphs and to send a message of encouragement to the next generation of African women to claim their rightful place in history and create the ‘Africa they want’. Each woman who is featured in this book will have an opportunity to write her own story or upon request, an AU-UN team will assist in the story telling process for women who seek support. 

The objectives of the book is among others;

  • Honor the leadership and achievements of African Women and girls in various sectors and share their leadership experience.
  • Document the stories and achievements of women leaders and inspire African girls and women to see beyond the existing structural barriers and assure them that they can thrive in their chosen field.
  • Provide the evidence that Africa can prosper, be peaceful and integrated if it leverages on the potential of its women and girls. In so doing,
  • Mobilize stakeholders to create an enabling environment and support female leaders and their initiatives.


Nominees must be female citizens of African Union Member States. There is no age limit, the book will document the achievements of young and seasoned leaders across generations.

Nominees will be women and girl leaders from Africa that have demonstrated dedication, commitment and passion to their cause and made an impact in the following fields;

  • Finance, social mobilization, Governance, law, Peace and Security and Human Rights
  • Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition, and Entrepreneurship
  • Creative industries (arts, culture, heritage, literature) and Sports
  • Health in general and women’s and adolescent health specifically.
  • Humanitarian action, philanthropy,
  • Gender issues: gender equality and empowerment of women, GBV, SGBV and protection of women and girls
  • Social sciences, humanities
  • Science, Technology and Innovation, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Education
  • Environment and climate change
  • Infrastructure and Energy


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