Africities 2015: Election of Africa’s Network of Locally Elected Women (REFELA) New President

Africa’s Network of Locally Elected Women (REFELA) held its general elective assembly on 1st December 2015 which marks the third day of Africities 7 Summit taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The session (SU-15) titled “Locally Elected Women-A New Vision” was marked by the participation of important number of elected women from different parts of Africa. The session was organized following two main lines: 1) the renewal of REFELA bodies and 2) the presentation of a new vision for the network at almost 5 years of its inception on the 8th of March 2011 in Tangiers, Morocco.

The panel comprised Mme. Fatimetou Mint Abdel Malick who chaired the session, Mme. Célestine Ketcha Courtès of REFELA Central Africa, Mme. Maria Helena Jose Correira Langa of REFELA Southern Africa, Mme. Fatna Khiel and Mme. Milouda Hazeb of REFELA North Africa. The session was facilitated by Mme. Malicka Ghefrane.

In the first part of the session, the outgoing president, Mme. Fatimetou Mint Abdel Malick, presented the moral report of her presidency as well as the activities report of the outgoing office. A presentation that inspired the admiration of all the elected women present in the room. They seized the occasion to congratulate the outgoing president for her remarkable work as president of the REFELA network.

The new vision for REFELA, according to Mme. Fatimetou, must be oriented towards an approach which is more concrete translated into actions on the ground in order to assist all women of Africa. She also stressed the importance of going into partnerships with national and international partners to make the voice of women heard inside the different spheres of governance.

Following her presentation, the outgoing president announced the election of Mme. Célestine Ketcha Courtès of REFELA Central Africa as the new president of the Locally Elected Women of Africa Network. Mme. Célestine Ketcha Courtès has committed to continue the work of Mme. Fatimetou Mint Abdel Malick who knew how to lift the network up internationally.

The new president seized the occasion to present her profound thanks to Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, UCLG Africa Secretary General for his support to elected women. She also thanked UCLG Africa Secretariat for all their efforts.

You can watch the entire session recorded here.