The very first African Women in Dialogue (AfWID) Forum took place from 18 – 23 November in 2018 at Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg. It was a week of bonding, deliberation, self-reflection, networking and learning for the + 1000 women who attended largely from the SADC region and beyond.
AfWID 2018 Theme
Strengthening the Continental African Women’s Movement in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) towards a new and value-based ecosystem.
The theme of “Strengthening the African Women’s Movement within the Fourth Industrial Revolution towards a new and value-based eco-system” came from the recognition that most women are not familiar with the concept of this 4th revolution. The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is upon us and it was, therefore, worthwhile taking some time to consider exactly what kind of shifts we are experiencing and how we might, collectively and individually, ensure that it creates benefits for the many, rather than the few.
We invited women from all over the continent in their diversity: businesswomen, women in public service, rural and urban women, entrepreneurs, activists, academics, young women, students, and homemakers to bring their thoughts and expertise on how to build our continent with women at the centre. Through informative and uplifting presentations, panel discussions, commissions as well as training workshops, the forum created a safe space for participants to learn from, share, and reflect on challenges that face women in their homes, in the community, and in the workplace.
Our dialogue approach was intended to touch the hearts and souls, as well as the heads and hands, believing that the changes our continent needs reside in the changes each one of us can make within us and in our own lives.
Over 1000 women attended the forum from the following African countries: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with the largest contingent coming from the host country, South Africa.