Dear Esteemed Global Community,
As we usher in the dawn of a new year, the African Women’s Lobby (AWL) extends its heartfelt gratitude for your steadfast support throughout 2023. Together, we have achieved remarkable milestones, creating a profound impact on the lives of many and contributing to positive change across the African continent.
Building Sustainable Peace and Development:
AWL has played a pivotal role in fostering constructive discussions with key stakeholders in Africa, championing the cause of sustainable peace and development in both the continent and the wider world. Notably, AWL has been at the forefront of advocating for the inclusion of a Veto right for African nations in the United Nations Security Council—a crucial step towards ensuring that the voices of the African people resonate on the global stage.
Innovative “4 Cs Approach of AWL”:
One of AWL’s crowning achievements in 2023 is the development of the innovative “4 Cs approach”—a strategic framework focusing on communication, coordination, collaboration, and cooperation. This groundbreaking concept has garnered global recognition and was officially adopted by numerous countries along the migration route between Africa and Europe on April 28, 2023. The 4 Cs approach stands as a testament to AWL’s commitment to fostering unity and creating sustainable solutions for complex challenges.
Diaspora Engagement and Brain Gain:
AWL has successfully engaged the African Diaspora, redefining the narrative from “brain drain” to “brain gain.” By encouraging members of the Diaspora to return to Africa, AWL has facilitated meaningful partnerships for the development of both the countries of origin and the host nations. This transformative approach acknowledges the invaluable contributions of the Diaspora in driving progress and prosperity.
- Environmental Stewardship: AWL has actively participated in environmental conservation efforts, promoting sustainable practices and addressing climate-related challenges facing African communities.
- Youth Empowerment: AWL’s commitment to youth empowerment has led to the implementation of programs that equip young minds with the skills and knowledge necessary for future leadership and success.
AWL’s Remarkable Achievements Despite Financial Challenges:
It is with a sense of immense pride that we share AWL’s accomplishments, achieved without the critical financial support from any of the host countries. Despite facing financial adversity, AWL has been at the forefront of transformative initiatives, contributing to education, healthcare, gender equality, and diplomatic efforts for sustainable peace and development. This feat underscores the resilience and determination that define the spirit of AWL.
Voluntary Commitment to Doing What is Right:
AWL’s journey is a testament to the power of voluntary commitment to doing what is right, not merely because it is the right thing to do, though AWL undeniably stands as a beacon of morality and justice. Our resolve stems from the understanding that AWL’s work transcends individual and national interests, addressing critical issues that have far-reaching implications for the entire global community.
AWL: The Right Thing to Do That Solves Many Problems:
While AWL’s work is undeniably the “right” thing to do, it extends beyond moral imperatives. AWL has proven to be a solution to myriad challenges, offering tangible results that impact lives across the African continent. From advocating for gender equality to pioneering the “4 Cs approach” and reshaping the narrative around the African Diaspora, AWL’s initiatives have been a catalyst for positive change.
A Call for Global Solidarity:
Despite AWL’s unwavering commitment and the tangible impact of our initiatives, the lack of financial support from host countries remains a significant hurdle. We extend an urgent call for global solidarity and collaboration to ensure that the momentum created by AWL does not falter due to financial constraints.
As we step into 2024, let us unite to overcome these challenges together. AWL’s vision for connecting the world with Africa is not just an aspiration but a shared responsibility. Together, let us champion the cause of empowerment, peace, and development, ensuring that AWL’s invaluable work continues to resonate across borders.
Thank you for standing with AWL in the pursuit of a brighter and more equitable future.