Register now for the 1st Annual Africa Gender Equality Conference

For Equality, in partnership with the Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, and the Feminist Macroeconomics Alliance – Malawi (comprising of NGO-GCN; Actionaid Malawi; Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre and mHub) are hosting the 1st Annual Africa Gender Equality Conference from the 8th to 10th March 2020, under the UN International Women’s Day 2021 theme: “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid19 world”. This virtual conference will be broadcast from Lilongwe, Malawi to an expected 3,000+ participants across Africa. Participants will include political and government leaders; academia; gender equality specialists, advocates and activists; civil society; private sector and thought leaders.

The objectives of the conference are:

  1. Taking stock: Celebrate progress made towards attaining gender parity, 25 years past Beijing; people and organizations championing gender equality.
  2. Leading the way: Crowdsource the development of home-grown solutions to addressing existing inequalities exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  3. Building the Future: Charting new pathways to attaining gender equal societies that are resilient to future crises

The following are the expected outputs of the conference:

  1. A Communique, the Africa Gender Equality Conference 2021 Declaration, that will feed into high level regional and global processes including CSW65, the AU Heads of State Meeting, Gender Equality Forum in France (June 2021)
  2. A #CovidVoices Report that will feature real life stories of how Covid19 has impacted women and girls across Africa. This report shall be shared at the conference; disseminated to African governments and made publicly accessible. A digital campaign to amplify these #CovidVoices will follow aimed at influencing more gender sensitive budgeting and response strategies and increased participation of women in Covid19 response planning and implementation.
  3. A Conference Report, the Africa Gender Equality Conference 2021 Report, that will capture conference happenings, recommendations and strategies. This report will be shared with African Governments and with other stakeholders such as the corporate sector, civil society, religious institutions and academic institutions. The report will also be publicly available on the conference website.
  4. A Digital Compendium profiling the awardees from the Africa Gender Equality Awards (Malawi edition) that will be available publicly on the conference website.

The conference will feature high level keynotes and plenaries, side events, skills building workshops, the Africa Gender Equality Awards (Malawi edition), #CovidVoices – real stories of the impact of Covid19 on women and girls across Africa, and so much more. In addition to this, Day 1 of the Conference, 8th March, which falls on International Women’s Day (IWD), will be a Malawi special, featuring a celebration of the women’s movement in Malawi and a special IWD2021 Celebration event presided over by the Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare.

Register for the conference here - it's free!


The Africa Gender Equality Awards (Malawi Edition) – as part of the conference, 8 awards will be given to individuals and organisations that have shown great leadership and commitment to the advancement of SDG5: gender equality. The call for nominations is on currently until the 15th of February. Find more information, or nominate a person or organisation here.

#CovidVoices – The organisers of the conference are capturing the lived experiences of women and girls across Africa to find out “how Covid19 has affected their lives”.

For a chance to win incredible prizes, and get your story published in the digital #CovidVoices Report and Podcast, as well as be invited to share your story live on the #AGEc2021 stage, apply (and find more information) here.