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Woman Power in Politics: Building Grassroots Democracy in Africa was carried out between September 1999 and December 2002 and was funded by a creative partnership between the Bureau of Educational and Citizen Exchanges of the U.S. Department of State and the Education for Development and Democracy Initiative (EDDI) of the U.S. Agency for International Development. The goal of the three year program was to engage African women in the political life of their countries by exploring the special role women leaders of nongovernmental organizations play in educating citizens about their democratic rights and responsibilities.
Eight countries were targeted: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Women from these countries were partnered with the Leagues in Columbus, OH; Omaha, Nebraska; Clemson, SC; San Francisco, CA; Casper, WY; Minneapolis, MN; Calvert County, MD, and Larchmont, NY. The methodology included two phases annually: a four-week Grassroots Internship for 24 African women in the United States and a reciprocal two-week Grassroots Partnership Training for 16 U.S. women in the targeted countries.
Over the course of the three years 75 African women traveled to the United States and 45 U.S. women traveled to work with their African partners in the designated countries. The impact of this program continues to be felt to date. The League' success with Woman Power Politics was the first step to a continuing relationship in Africa and the following programs have been created with former African participants: Civic and Voter Education and Training Polling Monitors in Malawi - 2004; Women Making a Difference in Zambia - 2006; Kenyans Working Together for Good Governance - 2005-2007.