Our Structure/Governance

African Women in Leadership Organisation International brings together our work in promoting leadership. It is co-ordinated by the Office of the Founder at the International Headquarters, based in Lagos, Nigeria.



By working together towards a global synergy, we believe we can have a stronger impact. And we choose to work together in a spirit of equality, democracy and accountability. Since inception, AWLO has been headquatered in Nigeria, where we have spread to many other countries.

To implement our mission and objectives, and to actualise our vision, AWLO has chosen to adopt a federal model of governance and organisation. This is a union comprised of self governing associates which are members united by a central or international (“federal structure”) and by shared values, vision and mission. The essence of this federal model lies not just in the legal and constitutional dimension but also in the more fluid economic, political and cultural forces that make federalism necessary. The guiding principles to the federation is outlined in the constitution of AWLO and the AWLO Membership Handbook.



  • AWLO has a three-tier governance structure composed of:
    A membership/chapter structure consisting of chapter members, and a co-ordinator who is responsible for the strategic governance of AWLO in that chapter.
  •  A country’s Vice President, who is responsible for providing oversight to the chapters in that country.
  •  An International Board of Trustees, consisting of Independent Board members nominated and responsible for the ongoing and effective decision-making and oversight of the International Headquarters.

The International Board of Trustees will have a chairman.

The President/Founder/Chief Executive heads the International Headquarters.

For more details on the governance, you can read the Constitution of AWLO and AWLO’s Membership Handbook. They both cover our agreed governance practices, policies and structures.

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