The African Women Leaders Network, launched in New York by the U.N and the A.U. hopes to drive more women into leadership roles.

This will be achieved through mentoring, peer learning and harnessing contacts.

By supporting women’s leadership in Africa, the platform aims to galvanize their contributions to building and sustaining peace, improving political processes and driving social change, and realizing the UN global goals, according to UN Women.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), adopted in 2015, include targets on eliminating extreme poverty, providing clean energy, and tackling economic and gender inequality by 2030.

While Liberia and Mauritius are the only two African countries led by women, the continent accounts for seven of the world’s 20 countries with the highest proportion of women in parliament, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

Rwanda has the highest number of women in parliament in the world at 61 percent while the share of female parliamentarians in sub-Saharan Africa increased to almost a quarter last year, from one in 10 in 1995, the IPU said.

Women lawmakers in Africa endure abuse, hostility and sexist violence in parliamentary offices and political meetings