Make Every Woman Count (MEWC) is an African woman-led organisation which serves as a mobilizing, networking, information, advocacy and training platform for African women by building their leadership capacities to influence policy and decision making. MEWC works to strengthen the voice, impact and influence of African women’s rights advocates and organizations.
Our main activities are enacted through our online portal, www.MakeEveryWomanCount.org, which provides information, resources and guidance to women's organisations, grassroots movements and activists working on the ground to empower women and girls. We provide African women with a platform for sharing ideas, learning and creating linkages to build and establish female leaders in Africa. Through monitoring the participation and representation of women in national and local politics, we produce multiple reports which audit the status and condition of women in each African country. MEWC also implements training to build the capacity of African women.
Our goal is to ensure that African women and girls have a strong voice in all governance institutions, from the judiciary to the civil service, as well as in the private sector and civil society, so that they can participate fully and equally in public dialogue and in making the decisions that will determine the future of their families, communities and countries
WHAT WE DO
Existing primarily online, MEWC centralizes current, critical resources and tools, providing African women with a platform for sharing ideas and maximizing the advocacy and networking potential of the Internet and social media technology.
MEWC promotes access to and use and appropriation of information and communication technologies among African women and girls to enable them to develop a thoughtful and strategic use of ICTs to improve their life conditions, exercise their rights, prevent gender violence and achieve economic empowerment.
MEWC has ignited a grassroots advocacy movement online, with the aim of increasing awareness on the status of women in Africa, centralizing news and resources relevant to women’s rights, and engaging African women directly in the dialogue about their rights and opportunities.
HOW WE DO IT
MEWC has two key objectives for the empowerment of African girls and women:
- Enhance access by women and girls to information on their status, rights and opportunities
- Build the capacity of women and girls to effectively use this information for their advancement
We aim to achieve these objectives through the following approach:
- Information: Offering information, resources and guidance to women's organisations, grassroots movements, and activists working on the ground to empower women and girls.
- Knowledge sharing: Providing African women with a platform for sharing ideas, learning and creating linkages to build up leaders in African society.
- Participation: Monitoring the participation of women in national and local politics.
- Accountability: Producing an annual report as an audit of the status and condition of women in each African country.
- Capacity building: Providing training and skills development to increase women's awareness of their legal status and democracy concepts as well as their leadership, entrepreneurship and communication skills.
"The participation & inclusion of African Women & girls is vital to the continent growth and development. African governments can simply no longer afford to deny the full potential of one half of the population. Women & girls need to be empowered and the full power of their development skills unleashed to participate in the development economic, political and social of the continent " Rainatou Sow Founder & Executive Director of MEWC