A father asks his daughter: Study? Why should you study? I have sons aplenty who can study Girl, why should you study? The daughter tells her father: Since you ask, here’s why I must study. Because I am a girl, I must study. Long denied this right, I must study For my dreams to take flight, I must study Knowledge
(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)
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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.
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