The Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition (SOAWR), a pan African coalition of 40 organizations in 20 countries, has appealed to President Paul Kagame on safe abortion law reform in Rwanda. A letter, a copy of which The Sunday Times has seen and addressed to the president states that cases such as rape and incest are rarely reported due to societal stigma and therefore rarely reach the courts. “The condition of seeking safe abortion services through obtaining a court order followed by approval from two doctors will make it hard to obtain medical abortions,” the letter, dated May 10 reads
SOAWR congratulates the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire on its ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa. The instrument of ratification was deposited to the AU Commission on March 9th 2012. Download Statement
On the 5th March 2012, 75 men, women and youth commenced a three day trek to the top of Africa’s highest mountain – Mt. Kilimanjaro, standing at 19,341-ft above sea level. This was in support of the Africa UNiTE, campaign on ending violence against women and girls. The climbers represented 36 African countries and signified Africa’s commitment to ending violence against women and girls in our continent. The Climbers were flagged off by H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, president of the Republic of Tanzania, at Marangu Gate, and are expected to reach the summit on March 8 2012, International Women’s Day.
The 39 members of the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition based in 18 African countries vehemently condemn the stripping of women wearing trousers and short skirts by male vendors in three major cities in Malawi namely Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Blantyre. Download Statement