WHAT WE DO

As women, wives and mothers, we focus squarely on sustainable development goals (SDG) that will greatly improve the welfare of women, children and youths in Africa.

WHO WE ARE

COWAP is a coalition of wives of Presidents and Vice Presidents in Africa for the purpose of achieving peace, ensuring the girl child education, ending hunger & eradicating poverty in Africa.

WHY COWAP

AFRICA'S PROBLEMS CAN ONLY BE SOLVED BY AFRICANS

Extreme Hunger in Africa

Records taken between 2014 and 2016 showed that over 233 million people in sub-Saharan Africa were hungry/undernourished

Extreme Poverty in Afirca

501 million people, or 47 percent of the population of sub-Saharan Africa, live on less than $1.90 a day

Unending War

There are currently fifteen African countries involved in war, or are experiencing post-war conflict and tension

High Female Illiteracy

In sub-Saharan Africa, if all women completed primary education, maternal deaths would be reduced by 70%, saving almost 50,000 lives [UNESCO]

ADVISORY BOARD

Director, Kenya Law School

PROF PLO LUMUMBA

COWAP Global Ambassador

ABOUT PROF PLO LUMUMBA

Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba (born 17 July 1962) is a Kenyan who served as the Director of Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission from September 2010 to August 2011[2] and is currently the Director of The Kenya School of Laws since the year 2014.[3] An eloquent lawyer, he holds a PhD in Laws of the sea from the University of Ghent in Belgium. He is also a staunch Pan-Africanist and has delivered several powerful speeches alluding to or about African solutions to African problems.

He is an admirer of Patrice Lumumba and Thomas Sankara, the deceased and assassinated revolutionary leaders of the D.R. Congo and the Burkina Faso, respectively. He is also remembered for his emotion laden and energetic speech in Uganda at the third Anti-Corruption Convention. He has referred to and quoted them several times in his speeches. On August 28, 2015, the PAV Ansah Foundation invited him to speak at the 2015 PAVA Forum on Good Governance, Whither Africa?

Former President of Malawi

HE JOYCE BANDA

Chairperson of the coalition and advisory board

ABOUT HE JOYCE BANDA

Joyce Hilda Banda (née Mtila; born 12 April 1950) is a Malawian politician who was the President of Malawi from 7 April 2012 to 31 May 2014. She is the founder and leader of the People's Party, created in 2011. An educator and grassroots women's rights activist, she was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2009 and Vice-President of Malawi from May 2009 to April 2012.

Banda took office as President following the sudden death of President Bingu wa Mutharika. She was Malawi's fourth president and its first female president. Before becoming president, she served as the country's first female vice-president.

She was a Member of Parliament and Minister for Gender, Children's Affairs and Community Services. Before her active career in politics she was the founder of the Joyce Banda Foundation, founder of the National Association of Business Women (NABW), Young Women Leaders Network and the Hunger Project.

In 2014, Forbes named President Banda as the 40th most powerful woman in the world and the most powerful woman in Africa.

In November 2016, Banda announced she that she was willing to stand as a presidential candidate in the 2019 elections

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

COWAP RUNS WITH THE FOLLOWING GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTAL GOALS

POVERTY ERADICATION

Putting an end to poverty in all its forms everywhere

ENDING HUNGER

End hunger, achieve food security

QUALITY EDUCATION

Inclusive and equitable quality education

GENDER EQUALITY

Empower all women and girls

PEACE & JUSTICE

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies

TOGETHER WE CAN MEET SDG GOALS ON POVERTY ERADICATION

BY 2030 WE CAN...

Learn About OurActivities

We harness the enormous capacity and goodwill of both sitting and past Wives of Presidents and Vice Presidents in Africa towards development goals.

Annual Events

We host annual events where we come up with development projects

Project Implementation

We implement development projects across Africa strategically

Awards

We recognize people who have contributed to Africa's development.

Women Can Lead Africa Summit

This annual event will serve as a melting pot of ideas towards achieving peace and development in Africa, anchoring on the 4 thematic points of COWAP. We will also be celebrating African Women who have worked hard in their localities to ensure that there is peace and development. The inaugural version of this summit will hold in Ethiopia and is proposed to be hosted by the African Union (AU) in April 2018.

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