Month: November 2014


The Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition (SOAWR) strongly condemns the unlawful and arbitrary detention of Women Human Rights Defenders in Cairo-Egypt on Saturday 21st June 2014. The seven Women Human Rights Defenders; Yara Sallam, Sanaa Seif, Hanan Mustafa Mohamed, Salwa Mihriz, Samar Ibrahim, Nahid and Fikreya Mohamed were arrested for protesting peacefully against the Protest and Public Assembly Law and calling for the release of all detainees and imprisoned human rights defenders in Egypt. The women have been charged with organizing a demonstration without prior notice as stipulated by the law and the participation in a demonstration that breached

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Calling on Nigeria to Take Adequate and Effective Action to Protect the Rights of the Girl Victims

The Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition (SOAWR) joins the global community in condemning the abduction of over 276 Nigerian girls by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014 and Nigeria’s subsequent failure to take immediate action to ensure their safe return and continued protection. The schoolgirls were taking exams when members of Boko Haram stormed the all-girl secondary school near Chibok in Northeast Nigeria and forced the teenage schoolgirls into trucks, kidnapping and transporting them to remote camps in Northern Nigeria, including Madayi, Dogon Chuku, Meri and Kangarwa.1 Upon splitting up and dispersing the girls into several different camps, Boko

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AU Summit Side Event: Priorities of African Girls and Women in the Post 2015 Framework

SOAWR Coalition partners including African Women’s Development and Communication Network( FEMNET), Akina Mama wa Afrika, Equality Now, IPAS-Africa Alliance in collaboration with women’s rights organizations across the continent convened a side event on the margins of the 22nd AU Heads of State Summit to discuss the priorities of African girls and women in the post 2015 framework.

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