Sister Namibia is a feminist organization based in Windhoek, Namibia that works towards a society in which all people have equal rights and opportunities. Founded in 1989, Sister Namibia aims to empower Namibian women and girls in their fight for gender equality and is the most dynamic and longest-lasting organization concerned with women’s rights in Namibia. Sister Namibia’s goal is to foster awareness of political, legal, cultural and economic rights in order to equip and inspire women to make free choices as well as act as agents of change in their communities, their relationships and within themselves.
The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) was established in 1995 and is a regional network which undertakes research, capacity-building, sub-granting and advocacy on women’s human rights. In conjunction with its membership, SIHA tackles gender-based violence and the threats faced by women human rights defenders and aims to bring the voices and interests of poor and marginalised women to the mainstream peace and political agenda.
STEWARD-ORG is a women organization founded in March 2009 by some South Sudanese women lawyers and their friends, and managed by women as a community based, not-for-profit non-governmental organization. It was established to address the problems of sexual and gender based violence, harmful customs on women and girls, child labor and trafficking, community insecurity and conflicts, poor governance and illiteracy in South Sudan. The organization is managed by a Board of Directors. Our vision is a South Sudanese society, “free from the violations of the human rights of women and children”. And a mission to develop, shape and empower South Sudanese women to advocate for policies that foster equal economic opportunity, and secure human rights for women and children”.
Promote advocacy on the rights of women and children.
Provide legal assistance to victims of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), and orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC).
Improve the livelihood of marginalized women, OVC and youths.
Promote good governance, peace and reconciliation.
Since then, we have expanded our operational areas to three states namely central equatorial, Eastern Equatoria and Warrap.
The Inter-African Committee on traditional practices affecting the health of women and children (IAC) is an African regional umbrella body that has been working on policy programmes and actions to stop FGM in the African Region for the last 28 years. It was formed by African delegates to a seminar organised by a United Nations NGO Working Group on Traditional Practices based in Geneva, with the support of UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and the Ministry of Health of Senegal. It was formed at a time when female genital mutilation was a highly controversial and a ‘sensitive’ issue for discussion and there was a critical need for an African regional voice in an international campaign against FGM.The mission of IAC is an African Region free of female genital mutilation and gender related harmful practices. Its two main objectives are to prevent and eliminate traditional practices that are harmful to or impede the health, human development and rights of women and girls and advocate for care for those who suffer the health consequences of harmful practices as well as to promote and support those traditional practices that improve and contribute to the health, human development and rights of women and children.
Famedev is devoted to be a Model Continental Leader in Gender, Media and Communication, using the development, testing and adoption of state of the art interventions. Famedev is an Africa Regional Media Centre with Headquartered in Dakar, Senegal and seeks to work towards reinforcing and sustaining the promotion and development of African women journalists and communicators, Supporting and encouraging the use of quality gender friendly media and communication tools , promoting press freedom, freedom of expression and hence make African women in different sectors of development more visible. This will be achieved through the usage of state of the art interventions, including training, capacity building, strong partnerships, the development of resources and an effective networking system.
Tomorrow's Child Initiative (TCI) is a non-governmental organization registered under the NGO Act of 1990 in Kenya. TCI was created in 2005 and formally registered on 21st June 2006. The vision of TCI is a society where children and women have unfettered access to opportunities, which allow them to live in dignity because their rights are respected and upheld.TCI recognizes that poverty is a leading cause of disempowerment of women and by extension children, and that it opens doors for the abuse of their rights, in several forms. TCI interprets poverty broadly to also include inter alia poverty of knowledge. Where poverty exists, there is a corresponding variable of lack of access to resources. TCI also acknowledges that any meaningful change must be the result of initiatives that are directly informed by those that live in these disadvantaged situations and the design of which they must participate in. TCI therefore works with and amongst the economically challenged to facilitate sustainable positive changes in the lives of the women and children that it targets in its interventions.
Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) is an advocacy and lobbying network of national women’s NGO’s and individuals, operating in Uganda. It was born out of the East African Women’s Conference held in Kampala in 1993 in preparation for the UN World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995. Uganda Women’s Network membership is comprised of national Women’s organizations and individuals. UWONET is a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with a Secretariat in Uganda. They aim to see a Ugandan society free of all forms of gender based discrimination in the future and they aim for this to be achieved by coordinating collective action among members and other stakeholders through networking, capacity building, resource mobilization, policy research and advocacy for the attainment of gender equality in Uganda.
Union Nationale des Femmes de Djibouti (UNFD) was created on 30 April 1977. UNFD works for the empowerment of women and the protection of maternal and child health. UNFD also works to end poverty, illiteracy and all forms of discrimination against women. UNFD undertakes advocacy activities amongst the population of Djibouti and also targets the leaders in these activities. UNFD works to ensure that laws are passed that are favourable to women.
The Centre for Human Rights is both an academic department and a non-governmental organisation, and works towards human rights education in Africa, a greater awareness of human rights, the wide dissemination of publications on human rights in Africa, and the improvement of the rights of women, people living with HIV, indigenous peoples, sexual minorities and other disadvantaged or marginalised persons or groups across the continent.
The Centre was established in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in 1986, as part of domestic efforts against the apartheid system of the time. Members of the Centre participated in meetings with the liberation movements outside the borders of South Africa, organised conferences and participated in efforts to promote human rights in South Africa, and, when the transition came, served as technical advisors to both the interim and final constitution writing processes.
The focus of the Centre has now broadened beyond the borders of South Africa. Over the years, it has positioned itself in an unmatched network of practising and academic lawyers, national and international civil servants and human rights practitioners across the entire continent, with a specific focus on human rights law in Africa, and international development law in general
Voix de Femmes is an association whose membership consists of over a hundred women and men who have volunteered to fight for women's rights in the legal, economic, socio-cultural and political fields. It is made up of professionals and non-professionals who have come together to disseminate information aimed at sensitising women in Burkina Faso on their rights so that they can effectively take part in decision-making forums and participate in all institutions in society. Voix de Femmes intervenes mostly in their active members areas of expertise. These include, creating awareness of legal instruments, reproductive health rights and HIV/AIDS, and female genital mutilation.
The objectives of the association are to:
- Popularise women's human rights
- Contribute to civic education for women
- Fight the violence against women scourge
- Simplify legal instruments relating to women's rights so that they can be better understood by women
- Work towards the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women
- Sensitise women on matters relating to HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STI's)
- Fight against the poverty of women.
In line with the activities of the association, Voix de Femmes' projects include those geared towards translating legal instruments on women's rights into national languages with a view to disseminating them to as wide an audience as possible. It also works towards seeking the harmonisation of national legislation with international instruments to ensure that they adequately address the rights of women. Voix de Femmes organises workshops, seminars and campaigns modelled around its core themes and objectives and trains women in the development of micro-economic projects. It also offers consultation services on other matters such as harmful traditional practices like female genital mutilation, inheritance rights and reproductive health rights.
Besides directing their activities towards women, Voix de Femmes also educates chiefs, local councillors, senior police officers, magistrates, religious leaders, young girls and the community at large on issues of women's rights. It has organised radio broadcasts on topics such as marriage, divorce, succession, affiliation, etc, and has sensitised women in three provinces on the rights of women in prison. It has built a rehabilitation centre that will help women recover from the effects of female genital mutilation as well as work to prevent the practice.