Category: Blog Post

African Women Making a Difference on Peace and Security

(Mary Robinson blogs on her recent visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)– African women are on the move in an extraordinary way, and are determined to make their voices heard and their influence count – particularly on issues of peace and security. I witnessed this first hand at two recent meetings in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, home of the African Union (AU) Secretariat and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The first was the 15th pre-summit meeting on gender mainstreaming in the AU, organised by the Gender is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC), and supported by Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) and the

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Eradicating Violence and Discrimination against Women and Girls

Equality Now and Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) Coalition convened a meeting on ‘Global Efforts to Eradicate Violence and Discrimination against Women and Girls: A Discussion on Approaches to Combat Sex Trafficking, legally Upholding the Rights of Adolescent Girls and Domesticate the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa’ in Nairobi, Kenya from 10 to 11 September 2009.

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SOAWR Members Celebrate Uganda’s Announcement of Upcoming Ratification

SOAWR members, in a lobbying mission in Uganda, celebrate after the announcement of the upcoming ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa. Here are the words of one of the them : “Folks, We are in Kampala lobbying the government to ratify the Protocol, in support of efforts by Akina Mama wa Afrika and the local coalition on African Women’s Rights. We had very good meeting this morning with three ministries (Justice, Gender and Foreign Affairs) facilitated by the National APRM Council, which last urged the government

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