Founded in 1992, the Center for Reproductive Rights is the recognized global leader in using legal and human rights strategies to secure every woman’s reproductive autonomy and access to healthcare as fundamental human rights. We believe that a woman’s ability to exercise her human rights, as well as her equality and status in society, are directly linked to her enjoyment of reproductive rights—without the ability to make decisions about her health and life, a woman cannot enjoy her right to participate in educational institutions, the workplace, or the political sphere. Unique among reproductive health advocates, our work is premised on the notion that the strategic use of litigation and legal advocacy based on international and regional human rights treaties plays a paramount role in dismantling legal barriers and enforcing reproductive rights protections at the national level. To that end, we work to build human rights standards in the UN and regional human rights systems in conjunction with strengthening national-level laws and policies in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the United States through regional programs that are anchored by offices in Kenya, Nepal, Colombia, Geneva, New York, and Washington, DC.
The Centre for Justice Studies and Innovations (CJSI) promotes rule of law as an avenue through which justice is delivered to all people in Uganda, particularly the poor and marginalized groups. CJSI believes in giving to all what they are due and making provisions for the poor and marginalized as the viable pathway to equitable economic and social development. CJSI believes all individuals and communities have an inherent sense of justice as well as building upon these sacred principles, tradition and the days’ practices to arrive at justice that is meaningful, relevant and credible to all involved. CJSI exists to challenge all forms of organization (Government and/or Community grown; formal and informal)to consistently re-evaluate their basic assumptions; organization and intentions to ensure delivery of justice as a basic service that should be easily accessible, affordable and with predictable and meaningful outcomes for all.
CSVR is an African based institution with over two decades of experience working on issues of peace- building, conflict transformation, psycho-social support, research and advocacy in an effort to build peaceful societies on the African continent. CSVR has conducted work in the area of justice, accountability, truth and guarantees of Non-Recurrence (transitional justice) for the past two decades, both in South Africa and other parts of the African continent.
CSVR has six key areas of work, which are cross-cutting: research, social mobilisation, advocacy, psychosocial and learning, monitoring & evaluation and gender. The work is primarily carried out at three levels – local or community, national and regional. At these three levels emphasis is placed on building resilience within communities and providing psychosocial support in response to various trauma from violence, influencing policy through data gathered from community work and research, building networks and creating partnerships with other civil society organisations and sharing knowledge, technical expertise and other information as research outputs and other publications.
COVAW is a non-profit making national women human rights organization registered in Kenya under the NGO Coordination Act. COVAW was established in 1995 as a result of a workshop organized by WILDAF (Women in Law and development in Africa) that sought to strengthen the networking capacities of women organizations in Kenya. We are committed to breaking the cycle of violence against women and believe that society should be free from all forms of violence.
Le Collectif des Associations et ONGs Féminines du Burundi (CAFOB) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization created in 1994 under the initiative of 7 women’s organizations and with the support of the Canadian Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI). It was registered with the Ministry of the Interior January 20, 1997. It is composed of 63 associations acting in different sectors of development. CAFOB is also active in working with refugees and IDPs. It is a member of the African NGO Refugee Protection Network (ANRPN) and has a national plan of action, which it carries out in collaboration with other national NGOs.
The Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) is a registered sub-regional civil society organization working in eight countries namely Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. EASSI was born in 1996 after the Beijing Conference and is mandated to monitor the commitments of Eastern African governments towards gender equality. With a history of sixteen years of existence and commitment to the transformation of gender relations, EASSI envisions a society where all enjoy gender equality, social justice, peace and development.
EASSI’s mission is to facilitate follow-up of the Beijing and African Platforms for Action in order to enhance the advancement of women and social justice. Some of the human rights instruments that form the basis of EASSI’s work are: the Beijing and African Platforms for Action; the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol), the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and the Millennium Development Goals.
Founded in 1992, Equality Now is an organization that advocates for the human rights of women and girls around the world by raising international visibility of individual cases of abuse, mobilizing public support through our global membership, and wielding strategic political pressure to ensure that governments enact or enforce laws and policies that uphold the rights of women and girls. With offices in New York, Nairobi and London and presences in Amman, Jordan and Washington, DC, our areas of focus include Discrimination in Law, Sexual Violence, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Trafficking. Combining grassroots activism with international, regional and national legal advocacy, we envision a world in which women and men have equal rights under the law and full enjoyment of those rights.
Fahamu has a vision of the world where people organise to emancipate themselves from all forms of oppression, recognise their social responsibilities, respect each other’s differences, and realise their full potential. Fahamu strengthens and nurtures the movement for social justice in Africa by generating knowledge to serve activism, bridging the gap between theory and practice , creating learning for, by and across movements, amplifying Africa-centred voices, perspectives and solutions in policy and decision-making at all levels and creating platforms for analysis and debate. Fahamu hopes to achieve increased democratization of political, social and economic spaces creating meaningful change based on a people-centred progressive agenda. Fahamu is distinctively placed as a pan-African organisation supporting and working collaboratively with social movements over the long term. Rather than imposing generic solutions to address the needs of and to strengthen movements, Fahamu is committed to ensuring that our interventions are relevant, timely and significant to the movements we serve.
The Federation of Women Lawyers – Kenya (FIDA Kenya) was established in 1985 after the 3rd UN Conference on Women which was held in Nairobi. Until 1993, FIDA Kenya was affiliated to Federation International De Abogadas (The International Federation of Women Lawyers – FIDA) which was formed in 1944 in Mexico by a group of women lawyers with the aim of promoting women’s rights globally.FIDA Kenya is a non- profit, non-partisan membership organization committed to the creation of a society that is free from all forms of discrimination against women. FIDA Kenya does this through Provision of legal aid to indigent women, engagement on legal, policy and legislative reform, Treaty monitoring and research, Women’s rights monitoring and advocacy, education and referral among other programmatic interventions. As the oldest women’s rights organization in Eastern Africa, FIDA Kenya has curved a niche for itself as a fearless defender of women’s human rights at the national, regional and international platform.
Forum Mulher (Women's Forum) is a Women's Network Forum that works for the rights of Mozambican women. Forum Mulher deals with gender and development issues, advocacy and lobby, as well as education and information work. Forum Mulher has its main office in Maputo.
Forum Mulher is an important organization within civil society in Mozambique as regards women and gender issues. Through intensive advocacy and lobby work Forum Mulher has achieved major influence on the country's new family law, securing the legal position and recognition of women.
Some of its specific areas of work are: to strengthen the network of trainers and consultants at the provincial level; to develop policies that include the principles of gender equality and equity; to improve knowledge of the rights of women and of the laws defending these rights by disseminating international protocols and national laws; to improve access to justice, especially for victims of gender-based violence, by improving access to legal services, counselling and by advocacy on legal instruments; to improve information on the work of the Forum Mulher and on women's related issues through the website, internet, newsletter, radio and television.
Forum Mulher (Women's Forum) also focuses on strengthening the institutional capacity of its members, the capacity of provincial women's and gender networks and organisations in four provinces, to support them in working in a co-ordinated manner and advocate for equality of women's rights.