Girl Child Network

Girl Child Network (GCN) is a Network of over 300 organizations working to improve the status of children in Zimbabwe with special emphasis on the education of the girl child. The Network was born in 1995 as a follow up of the Beijing Platform for Action. Organizations working with children in Zimbabwe identified that though there were many interventions in the sector, there was little impact on the plight of the girl child. The most important need was found to be in the area of coordination and dissemination of information in girl child programming. It is in this realization, that GCN came into being, primarily to mainstream children activities with a focus on the girl child in the development sector through advocacy, information sharing and strengthening of children programming in Zimbabwe .

Contact Person:
Betty Makoni
Website:
girlchildnetworkworldwide.org
Phone:
+263-70-21509
Human Rights Law Service (HURILAWS)

HURILAWS started in 1997 as a specialist provider of human rights legal services. Today, HURILAWS is also a public policy think-tank and pressure group working in partnership with multi-sector development and change actors to promote accountable and transparent governance in Nigeria. In particular, HURILAWS is the driver of the Multi-Sector Law Group (MSLG), which is a multi-disciplinary network of civil society actors and organizations for democratic change in Nigeria, chaired by Olisa Agbakoba, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and founder of HURILAWS. HURILAWS is able to draw on the skills of a wide range of specialists in law, public and economic policy, among its staff of sixteen people and associates. HURILAWS is an independent, non-profit service, dedicated to providing public interest and human rights law services to advance the legal protection of human rights. HURILAWS assists victims, lawyers, judges and NGOs in the preparation of cases before the courts; conducts workshops and seminars on reforming the administration of justice; publishes ‘The HURILAWS NEWSLETTER’ to ensure that developments in human rights law and practice are widely disseminated; utilizes regional and international human rights treaty mechanisms to establish judicial norms. HURILAWS has working relations with the Episcopal Commission for Justice, Development & Peace Commission of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria and the Inter-African Network for Human Rights & Development (AFRONET). HURILAWS holds Observer Status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.

Website:
http://www.hurilaws.org/
Phone:
+234-1-4741081
Ipas Africa Alliance for Women’s Reproductive Health and Rights

Founded in 1973, Ipas is a global nongovernmental organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion. Through local, national and global partnerships, Ipas works to ensure that women can obtain safe, respectful and comprehensive abortion care, including counseling and contraception to prevent future unintended pregnancies.
Ipas believes that every woman has a right to safe reproductive health choices, including safe abortion care and that no woman should have to risk her life, her health, her fertility, her well-being or the well-being of her family because she lacks reproductive health care. Women everywhere must have the opportunity to determine their futures, care for their families and manage their fertility. Along with caring, committed health professionals and other colleagues worldwide, Ipas tackles this neglected public health problem head on in some of the world’s poorest countries. While many international donors and governments have focused attention and resources elsewhere, we struggle against the fundamental social injustices that result in the deaths of so many women in the prime of their lives.

Website:
http://www.ipas.org/en/Where-We-Work/Africa/South-Africa.aspx
Phone:
919.967.7052
Legal and Human Rights Centre – Tanzania

Since its inception in 1995, the LHRC has been growing steadily keeping up with a pace of social and economic development of the country. It works throughout Tanzania through its outreach services and human rights violation monitoring activities. LHRC has the capacity to influence policies, laws and issues of practice at the national level, while obtaining its mandate and support from the grassroots. The LHRC is registered under the Companies Ordinance Chapter 212 of the Laws of Tanzania as a Company without shares limited by guarantee. The organization was founded from a human rights project of the Tanzania Legal Education Trust (TANLET). It has its main office in Dar es Salaam and a regional office in Arusha.
The LHRC provides its services from its Headquarters in Dar es Salaam, Arusha sub-office and the Legal Aid Centre at Kinondoni in Dar es Salaam.
The LHRC is a non-partisan, non-profit sharing, non-governmental organization striving to empower the public, promote, reinforce and safeguard human rights and good governance in Tanzania through legal and civic education and information; sound legal research and advise; monitoring and follow up of human rights violations; and advocacy for reforms of policies, laws and practices to conform to international human rights standards.

Website:
http://www.humanrights.or.tz
Phone:
+25527 2544187
Make Every Woman Count (MEWC) is an African woman-led organization which serves as a mobilizing, networking, information, advocacy and training platform for African women. Our main activities are enacted through our online portal, www.MakeEveryWomanCount.org, which provides information, resources and guidance to women's organizations, grassroots movements and activists. We provide African women with a platform for sharing ideas, learning and creating linkages to build and establish female leaders in Africa. MEWC is the only organization that has actively monitored progress made in relation to the African Women's Decade and produces an annual report in that respect. Their goal is to ensure that African women and girls have a strong voice in all governance institutions, from the judiciary to the civil service, as well as in the private sector and civil society, so that they can participate fully and equally in public dialogue and in making the decisions that will determine the future of their families, communities and countries
Contact Person:
Rainatou Sow
Website:
www.MakeEveryWomanCount.org
Phone:
+44 7915 152 117
The Network Against Female Genital Mutilation [NAFGEM] is a non-governmental organization registered in Tanzania with 110 individual members. Since its inception in late 1998, NAFGEM has worked to eliminate of harmful traditional practices affecting girls and women, including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), child marriage and other types of gender based violence. For over 15 years, NAFGEM has engaged communities in the Kilimanjaro and Manyara regions contributing to the protection and empowerment of targeted beneficiaries. NAFGEM Tanzania has used multiple strategies to ensure anti-FGM/child marriage messages spread in the targeted communities and that all social groups including government institutions are challenged to take deliberate measures to end harmful traditional practices. In March 2015, the organization received an award from Tanzania's Ministry of Community Development Children and Gender, in recognition for its contribution in the fight against FGM and child marriage.
Contact Person:
Francis Romani Selasini
Website:
www.nafgemtanzania.org
Phone:
+255272755652
NGO Gender Coordination Network (Malawi)

The NGO Gender Coordination Network (NGO GCN) was established in 1998 with the objective of coordinating activities of NGO dealing with gender related and women's rights issues in Malawi. Its membership includes NGOs dealing with gender and women issues in Malawi. The NGO GCN is the only network dealing with gender issues in Malawi and has diversity in the membership and issues addressed. It is therefore a legitimate voice on national gender issues. The Mission statement of the NGOGCN is a network that exists to promote gender equality and equity in Malawi through co-ordination, lobbying, advocacy, information sharing and capacity building of its members.

Website:
http://www.ngogcn.org.mw/
Phone:
Tel: (+265) 1 771 171
Oxfam GB

Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations working in 96 countries worldwide (33 in Africa) to find solutions to poverty and  injustice around the world. In all Oxfam’s actions, the ultimate goal is to enable people to exercise their rights and manage their own lives. Oxfam works directly with communities and seeks to influence the powerful, to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.Oxfam's membership in the SOAWR Coalition is through its Pan Africa Programme.

The Oxfam Pan Africa Programme (PAP) works with African citizens through their formations so as to achieve their aspirations for justice, equality, sustainable development and stability through improving the implementation of continental mechanisms and commitments. Some of the most significant impact of the PAP has been at the level of influencing governments and African Union (AU) policies, processes and institutions. The PAP has been instrumental in raising the profile and significance of the AU organs and institutions and increasing the voice of African civil society, both in terms of strengthening their capacities to engage and facilitating the space for them to get involved with AU decision making institutions, organs and processes. One of the themmatic work of the PAP is  Gender Justice and through this we seek to advance women’s rights by strengthening women’s capacity to collectively demand for their rights as enshrined in the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (2003) and ensuring effective gender mainstreaming in all of the Oxfam’s work.

Website:
http://www.oxfam.org.uk/
Phone:
+254-20-2820000
People Opposing Women’s Abuse (POWA)

POWA is a “feminist, women’s rights organisation that provides both services, and engages in advocacy in order to ensure the realisation of women’s rights and thereby improve women’s quality of life”. POWA’s uniqueness as an organisation is in providing both services to survivors and engaging in advocacy using a feminist and intersectional analysis. Our work is rooted in the belief that change can only be said to be effective when women’s lives are directly improved through our interventions. We also believe that there is no single route to change, and thus constantly seek new and creative approaches in our programming to achieve the change we seek.

Contact Person:
Delphine Serumaga
Website:
http://www.powa.co.za/
Phone:
+27116424345
Reproductive Health and Rights Alliance (RHRA)

The Reproductive Health and Rights Alliance (RHRA) was formed in 2004 by a group of comprised of medical, legal, women’s and human rights advocates with an of contributing towards the prevention and reduction of the high maternal deaths and disabilities caused by unsafe abortion. It does this by advocating for repeal and enactment of laws and policies that permit access to safe abortion services in Kenya.

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