Organisational structure

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Organisational structure

Organisational structure

Eminent Advisory Board »
AWEPA is guided by the advice of the Eminent Advisory Board. This board meets annually to discuss AWEPA’s policies and programmes and to make suggestions for future priorities regarding developments in Africa. The board members are appointed for an indefinite period of time.

Partnership Council »
The AWEPA Partnership Council is an organ consisting of members of the AWEPA Eminent Advisory Board, AWEPA’s main African Partners and the AWEPA Executive Committee. It is jointly chaired by the Chair of the Eminent Advisory Board, Ms. Graça Machel, and the President, Minister of State Ms. Miet Smet.

The Council aims to convene once a year to discuss issues of a strategic and visionary nature. This meeting brings together European and African stakeholders in a mutual exchange surrounding issues concerning all involved in the collective endeavour to improve human rights in Africa.

Governing Council »
The highest political body within AWEPA is the Governing Council which comprises representatives from the AWEPA Sections in the national parliaments of Europe and the European Parliament.

Every five years, the Governing Council elects the President of the organisation and an Executive Committee, who are accountable to this Council.

The Governing Council operates as a general assembly for a five year term and meets at least once a year. The Council also decides on the overall policy of AWEPA and is chaired by the organisation’s President, Minister of State Ms. Miet Smet.

Executive Committee »
AWEPA’s Executive Committee is the executive board of the organisation and aims to meet four times a year. It is elected by the Governing Council for a period of five years to prepare and execute the AWEPA’s policy. It is composed of the President and Vice-Presidents of AWEPA, as well as a number of observers from the organisation’s Sections in European parliaments.

In a society where the rights and potential of women are constrained, no man can be truly free.

- Mary Robinson

It’s only when you have a critical mass of women in politics that you get women’s issues attacked.

- Mary Robinson

As more women lead their communities we hope to see fewer conflicts and more peace.

- Mary Robinson

Preventing the conflicts of tomorrow means changing the mind-set of youth today.

- Graça Machel

Ask yourself what you can do to make a difference. And then take that action.

- Graça Machel

We are at a unique point in history and simply must act with far more energy and cohesion.

- His Excellency Mohamed A. Sahnoun

To combat prejudices and painful memories we need to do more with Parliamentarians.

- His Excellency Mohamed A. Sahnoun

Women’s voices shouldn’t only be heard because they are the victims of the war

- Mary Robinson

There are trouble-free spots on the continent, but unfortunately these are rarely heard of, as many observers tend to erroneously treat Africa as one block.

- Ruth O’niango

You educate a woman, you educate a whole community, a whole village

- Ruth O’niango

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

- Nelson Mandela

I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.

- Nelson Mandela

Development that allows the principle of self-reliance, self-sufficiency in all spheres seems to me the only sensible choice for Africa.

- Prof. Albert Tevoedjre

Rural development needs a policy which will enable the populations to understand and believe in the objectives set.

- Dr. Jim Yong Kim

Any policy, any society based on keeping people down will be a failure.

- Prof. Albert Tevoedjre

We are the first generation which can end extreme poverty in our lifetime. But we cannot get there without parliamentarians.

- Dr. Jim Yong Kim