Africa Liberal Network

Women's Leadership Programme

The Africa Liberal Network’s Women’s Leadership Programme (WLP) is an annual training scheme for women politicians from ALN member parties, aimed at developing the knowledge and skills to win candidate nominations and upcoming elections, or to be elected to internal party leadership positions.

“In many cases, women remain excluded from political decisionmaking processes, to the detriment of informed and inclusive policy development. To achieve women’s equality in politics, we must promote opportunities for women to compete for leadership positions on a level playing field. The ALN’s Women’s Leadership Programme contributes to this goal, providing aspiring women candidates with additional skills to win positions within and on behalf of their parties. Liberal International and its Human Rights Committee looks forward to working closely with ALN in the context of this new programme for the betterment and empowerment of women from across the liberal world.”

- Hakima el Haité, President of Liberal International

About WLP

The Africa Liberal Network’s Women’s Leadership Programme (WLP) is an annual training scheme for women politicians from ALN member parties, aimed at developing the knowledge and skills to win candidate nominations and upcoming elections, or to be elected to internal party leadership positions.

The WLP aims to empower aspiring women leaders from Africa liberal parties, providing them with additional skills and tailored support to develop and advance their political careers, and ultimately to increase women’s participation and influence in politics.

Launched this year by the Africa Liberal Network (ALN) in partnership with the UK Liberal Democrats and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, the WLP will aim to address the barriers to women’s leadership in African liberal parties.

Those selected for the 2019 scheme will be the first to participate in this important programme.

The training programme will be spread across three two-day sessions, covering a range of topics to provide all the critical skills and knowledge needed to successfully run for party nominations and elected positions.

The programme’s topics will include how to develop a campaign plan and team, fundraise, create social media posts and videos, create efficient and effective voter contact models and much more. The training workshops will provide practical tools and ideas that the participants will be able to apply directly to their work and campaigns.


The programme will also include a mentoring scheme whereby participants will be paired with an experienced political actor to provide tailored advice and support, in addition to the three training retreats. After successfully completing the programme, former participants will also have the opportunity to share their experience and act as mentors to the next group of participants.


Through taking part in the programme participants will not only gain additional skills and knowledge to help them progress into leadership roles but will also form an alumni network of politicians advancing women’s political participation, through which experiences, support and continued learning can be shared.

“Women’s full political participation is essential to creating and maintaining strong and vibrant democracies. We hope this new programme will play an important role in efforts to achieve this by empowering women to become leaders within the ALN.”

- Vince Cable, Leader of the UK Liberal Democrats

WLP core elements

  • Up to 15 participants planning to run in either local or national elections in 2019, 2020 or 2021.
  • Three two-day training sessions
  • A practical training programme made up of interactive workshops and tailored mentoring, providing skills, knowledge and guidance that can be applied directly to the participants’ election campaigns.
  • The development of a project by each participant within their local area, aiming to resolve a problem and create value for those involved, during the course of programme. The best three projects will be awarded at the end of the programme, with the possibility of the winners attending the UK Liberal Democrat Party Conference.
  • Trainers, mentors and expert speakers with substantial political leadership and campaigning experience from the UK Liberal Democrat Party, the Africa Liberal Network and beyond.

Session I
6-7 March 2019

  • Setting your political goals –
    what do you need to win?
  • Developing your campaign
    strategy and plan
  • Leadership skills
  • Grassroots campaigning Part 1
  • Building your campaign team & recruiting volunteers

Session I
6-7 March 2019

  •  Grassroots campaigning Part 2
  • Door to door campaigning and
    the value of personal contact
    with voters
  • Campaigning with social media
  • Media and message
  • Dealing with negative
    campaigning

Session I
6-7 March 2019

  • Raising the money for your
    campaign
  • Public speaking
  • Grassroots Campaigning Part 3
  • Building your election timeline
  • Planning a winning GOTV
    operation

Selection criteria

Applicants must be:

  • Supported by an ALN member party.
  • Planning to run as a candidate for local or general elections in 2019, 2020 or 2021.
  • A fluent English or French speaker.
  • Able to attend all three of the WLP training retreats.
  • In addition, applicants must not have already held an elected position during their political career.

Our Current Applicants

Irene Nyakerario Mayaka

Laurée Simba Lelo

Mankie Sekete

Rachel Bugingo

Rose Sakala

Salma Florence Ochieng

Siti Ngwali

Ireen Ngenda

Bouchra Mohsine