Action for Development (ACFODE) is an indigenous, voluntary, non-governmental women's organization whose formation was stimulated by the United Nations Third World Conference on Women held in Nairobi in July 1985.
After being denied the right of entry to the conference due to the overriding political control that was in Uganda at the time, the idea of creating a women’s organization that would not be controlled by the state or political party was conceived by a few women academicians led by Dr Hilda Tadria. Others included Dr. Joy Kwesiga and Dr. Ruth Mukama. The three needed to incorporate the ideas that had been discussed during the conference with in ACFODE’s mandate and so they approached Dr. Maxine Ankrah who had attended. She accepted to join them and this led to the birth of ACFODE.
Since inception 25 years ago, ACFODE has been an effective platform of debate and action on issues related to the women’s empowerment in Uganda. This has been done through consolidated advocacy for policy formulation, research, capacity building, coalition building, mobilization and sensitization as her core strategies geared towards enhancing the capacity of Ugandans to champion the women's cause and gender equality on the national agenda.
ACDHRS is an independent, Pan African non-governmental organization established by the Gambian government in 1989. Its aim is the promotion and protection of human rights in Africa through the establishment and maintanence of a human rights movement spanning the continent. ACDHRS also seeks to collaborate with, support and encourage the work of partners, through the development and strengthening of effective implemenation and use of international standards and instruments. Its main objective is to give meaning to article 25 of the African (Banjul) Charter, which requires state parties to "promote and ensure, through teaching, education and publication, respect of the rights and freedoms contained in the Charter and to see to it that these freedoms and rights, as we as corresponding obligations are understood" The centre employs training, action oriented research, legal services, publications, and networking in the promotion of human rights and democracy.
FEMNET, or the African Women's Development and Communication Network, is a pan-African, feminist organization working to advance the rights of women and girls since inception in 1988. FEMNET facilitates the sharing of information, ideas, strategies and experiences amongst its members who are in over 40 countries across Africa and the Diaspora. It has played a critical role in informing and mobilizing African women to participate and influence policies and processes that affect their lives.
FEMNET was a founding member of SOAWR and is a steering committee member. Learn more at www.femnet.co
African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is a grant-making foundation which supports local, national and regional organisations in Africa working towards women’s empowerment. AWDF through institutional capacity building and programme development seeks to build a culture of learning and partnerships within the African women’s movement.
The vision of AWDF is for African women to live in a world in which there is social justice, equality and respect for women’s human rights. To this end, our mission is to mobilise financial resources to support local, national and regional initiatives led by women, which will lead to the achievement of this vision. AWDF funds women's groups across Africa working in the areas of Women’s Human Rights, Political Participation, Peace Building, Health and Reproductive Rights, HIV/AIDS and Economic Empowerment.
Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) is an international, Pan-African, non-governmental development organisation for African women with its Head Office in Kampala, Uganda. AMwA was established in 1985 as a small community-based organisation, which sought to create a space for African women to organise autonomously, network with each other, share skills and expertise, identify issues of concern and speak for themselves, which was essential considering their position as migrants and refugees in the UK. Translated from Swahili, our name means symbolises the principles of sisterhood on which the organisation was based: 'Solidarity among African Women'.
Alliances for Africa (AfA), is an African-led human rights, peace and sustainable development organization which was conceived in 1993 at the United Nations World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, Austria and formally established in 1996. AfA aims to enhance and reconstruct the interface between human rights and development with a vision to contributing innovatively to the task of tackling the causes of endemic poverty, gender inequality and social exclusion in Africa. AfA works with partners in, around and beyond the continent of Africa and has Observer Status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and is in consultative status with the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
The AJM met for the first time at the beginning of our second stay in Bamako in July 2005. To be a member of this association, one must be a woman lawyer that is to say for example a lawyer, a judge, notary ... AJM is a corporate association, which belongs to the World Organization of Women Lawyers. This association works closely with ODEF (Observatory of Children's Rights and Women), which also accepts women from all socio-professional horizon. AJM works to assist women in their legal and administrative procedures and also to popularize legislation for women to let them know their rights. They work towards and organize replay discriminatory texts in the light of international instruments that will hopefully change the Malian law towards greater gender equality / women.
The Association of the Egyptian Female Lawyers (AEFL) is non-profit NGO registered with the Egyptian Ministry of Social Solidarity (#3236) at August 25, 2008 with the mission of activating women’s political participation and supporting women’s legal and political rights. AEFL is seeking to create Egyptian women who can defend their rights and work to spread values of gender equality, justice, and freedom; to ensure that women are not only aware of their rights but also understand how the law is designed to protect those rights. AEFL works towards spreading the values of gender equality, justice, and freedom within civil society organizations and work to speared political culture for women to ensure that women’s rights are being upheld according to the law.
BAOBAB For Women's Human Rights is a not for profit, non-governmental women's human rights organization, which focuses on women's legal rights issues under the three systems of law - customary, statutory and religious laws in Nigeria. BAOBAB works to promote and protect women's human rights principally via improving knowledge, exercise and development of rights under religious, customary and statutory laws. BAOBA states its mission as "to promote women's human rights principally via improving knowledge, exercise and development of rights under religious laws, customary laws and statutory laws."
CPTAFE was formed by volunteers in 1984 as a branch of the Inter African Committee on Traditional Practices affecting women's and children's health, particularly Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Since then, CPTAFE has evolved into an established national organization leading and coordinating the fight against FGM in Guinea. CPTAFE accomplishes this by spearheading campaigns at national and local levels for combating and eliminating FGM. CPTAFE’s activities include advocacy, awareness-raising, capacity building of grassroots organizations, and outreach.