Adama Cooper of the African Centre for Human and Peoples Rights Studies in Gambia red-cards Sudanese Minister of Health while Al Jazeera records


Solidarity for African Women's Rights (SOAWR) is a coalition of 44 civil society organizations across the continent working to ensure that the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa remains on the agenda of policy makers and to urge all African leaders to safeguard the rights of women through ratification and implementation of the Protocol.


SOAWR is a coalition which works to:

  • Achieve universal ratification of the AU protocol on the rights of women
  • Popularise the protocol
  • Ensure that the protocol is implemented in all countries and that it becomes part of domestic law.


  • Influence public opinion and build constituencies in favour of the ratification, domestication and implementation of the protocol, nationally and regionally
  • Expand SOAWR’s relationship with the AU Commission, the Pan-African Parliament and other bodies to ensure commitment to the provisions of the protocol
  • Raise awareness among African states of the importance of the protocol in addressing conditions facing women and girls
  • Actively engage with the mass media and make use of the internet to popularise the protocol
  • Strengthen the leadership capabilities of women’s organisations.

Join us!

Follow these links to read about the benefits of becoming a member of SOAWR and about our membership criteria:

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