Uganda to host newtwork of African queensBy DAILY MONITOR | Tuesday, August 27  2013 at  09:44

African queens are mostly depicted in the company of their husbands at cultural events, looking like pieces of ornaments. While some of these queens have been involved in charities, the focus is mostly on their dress code. The fact that they hardly speak at these events magnify the stereotype.

There are those who want this changed. Already, a group is working to change the image of women in traditional leadership across the continent.

Coming together under the umbrella of African Queens and Women Cultural Leaders’ Network (AQWCLN), to be launched next week at a five-day conference to be held in Uganda between September 3 and 7, the ladies hope to contribute more to development issues in their society.

The launch will be co-hosted by AQWCLN co-founder Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda of Buganda and founder member Queen Mother Best Kemigisa of Tooro Kingdom.

Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda (L) and Tooro Queen Mother Best Kemigisa. The two leaders will co-host the five-day African Queens and Women Cultural Leaders’ Network meeting scheduled for early next month in Kampala. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP.

Ms Solome Nakaweesi Kimbugwe, the chief executive officer Nnabagereka Foundation, said the 21st century realities of globalisation have reignited the need for cultural renaissance to try to reposition and identify who Africans are in a fast changing dynamic world.

“The renaissance of culture, reconnecting with who we are and celebrating our agency first of all as Africans, women and as leaders is a major milestone that the network will deliver,” she said.

This is because, she added, it celebrates women in traditional leadership and accords them the space to initiate development projects.

The network

The network brings together African queens, queen mothers, princesses and other women leaders to improve the lives of women, girls and children in Africa.

The establishment of AQWCLN is a response to the “Harare Call to Action” adopted in May 2012 at the Global Power Women Network Africa high Level meeting, which called for the creation of a forum.

The AQWCLN works in partnership with the African Union and the regional economic communities and is supported by the United Nations and other partners.

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