Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA)
The Network of Local Elected Women of Africa (REFELA), created in March 2011 in Tangier, under the impulse of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) with the support of the Kingdom of Morocco, brings together women mayors and local elected women.
At the institutional level, REFELA is attached to UCLG Africa and is, since 2016, its Permanent Commission for Gender Equality. REFELA is represented on the UCLG World Standing Committee on Gender Equality.
With its own internal regulations, the government of REFELA is structured according to the 3 territorial levels, the continental, the regional and the national.
To do this, the network is organized around:
- The General Assembly, which is REFELA's highest decision-making structure and which is held every 3 years, apart from the Africities Summit;
- The Network Commission, which is the body directly elected by the General Assembly, is made up of forty-five (45) active members, of which nine (9) from each of the five African subregions;
- The Bureau, elected from among the members of the Commission, is made up of 15 members, three (3) from each of the 5 African subregions;
- The Presidency, which is chosen from among the members of the Bureau, is made up of 5 Vice-Presidents, one for each of the 5 sub-regions of Africa, among whom the President of REFELA is elected.
At the national level, REFELA is represented by the National Chapters, which constitute the permanent gender equality committees of the national associations of local and regional governments, members of UCLG Africa.
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