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The highlight of the month presents different initiatives taken by African women’s groups or initiatives that relate to African women taking place on local, national, regional and international levels. Our aim is to highlight an organization that is working for women’s rights and empowerment and is largely run by African women.

We hope to use the highlight section as both a good publicity tool for the organization being highlighted as well as a way for viewers to comment on the organization’s work, address their challenges and share successes. We hope to foster a community of African and international feminists alike and create a space to share successes, ideas and challenges.

 


Pastoralist Girls Initiative (PGI) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) registered with Kenya NGOs Co-ordination Board. The organization was founded in 2001 as a community based organization (CBO) with initial membership of 15 members drawn from former North Eastern Province of Kenya.

The Amal Women’s Training Center and Restaurant is a non-profit association based in Marrakech, Morocco. They provide intensive training to develop skills within the hospitality industry as well as others to disadvantage women with the aim of empowering and making them self-reliant. It was founded in November 2012 by Nora Fitzgerald, an American born raised in Morocco.

 

The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) is an independently funded law centre, which conducts public interest and constitutional gender litigation in partnership with the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT).

PIFEVA, Pillar to Vulnerable Women Active in the DR of Congo, is a non-profit association of support for women and local communities against poverty and injustice, created June 4, 2004 in Bukavu.

The JERICHO Foundation is a Christian, non-political,non-profit, humanitarian NGO that advocates for the rights of women and human dignity. Created in 2007 JERICHO Foundation, seeks to be a part of the study, analysis and rapid response to suffering and the increasing vulnerability of children and women in eastern DRC.

Africa Reconciled is an NGO that describes itself as a cultural, social and educational movement for reconciliation, conflict transformation and the unity of Africa in general and the DRC in particular. Based in Goma, DRC, AR was created on January 10, 2011 by its visionary Mr Pascal Mugaruka Chinyabuguma. He began the NGO after observing the lack of real reconciliation at all levels in Africa but in The Congo particularly.

The African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning (AWLN) is a collective voice of African women leaders from 15 African countries. AWLN; a product of Advance Family Planning, supports the efforts of these women to improve reproductive health and access to comprehensive family planning.

Visionary Lady International is Uganda based non-profit. Formed in 2012, VLI works towards unveiling opportunities, providing a platform and empowering women and female youth with knowledge and skills to contribute to the development of their society by using a visionary approach to development.

Action and Development Initiatives to protect women and children or AIDPROFEN association, is a nonprofit organisation based in Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The AIDPROFEN association campaigns to promote Congolese women's rights in North Kivu, where founder Passy Mubalama has worked as a human rights defender for 4 years.

African Women Acting (AWA) is based in Toronto, Canada. The organisation seeks to promote the practise, training, and education of visual and performing arts by African women in the diaspora.

The first of it's kind in Egypt, HarassMap is a volunteer based initiative that seeks to end the normalized phenomena of sexual harassment and violence through research, community mobilization, and crowd-sourced mapping.

The Coalition On Violence Against Women is a Nairobi-based registered non-profit making women's rights non- governmental organization. COVAW was founded in 1995 as a response to the silence of the Kenyan society to addressing violence against women.

The Congolese Females Action for Promoting Rights & Development (COFAPRI) is based in Bukavu in the eastern Democratic Rupublic of Congo. The organisation empowers women through encouraging income-generating activities such as the rearing of livestock.

The Coexist Initiative was founded in October 2002 and then officially launched in 2005 upon registration as a non-profit coalition. The Coexist Initiative focuses on organizations, which work with men and boys with specific commitments to ending all forms of violence against women and girls in Kenya.

The African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) is a membership-based pan-African Network which began their work 1988 in efforts to advance African women's development, equality and other human rights.

Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust, established in 1976, supports and empowers rape survivors in the Western Cape on their journey to recovery and on the road to justice.

We are pleased to introduce to you our August Organization Highlight of the Month, Solar Sister. They believe that investing in women isn’t only the right thing to do but the smart thing to do and they work tirelessly to create sustainable opportunities for women.

With the 10th Anniversary of the Maputo Protocol just around the corner, we are honored to present to you Solidarity for African Women's Rights (SOAWR) as our organization highlight of the month.

AMwA is an international, Pan-African, non-governmental development organization based in Kampala, Uganda. Their origins go back to 1985 in the United Kingdom, where as a community based organization, they created a space for African women to organize autonomously, network with each other, share skills and expertise, identify issues of concern

As our highlight of the month for April, we are pleased to present to you the organization: Chindiwn Home Based Care Savings Loans Association's (CHBC-SLA) in Zambia. CHBC-SLA’s mission is to help improve the lives of women and young adolescent girls impacted by poverty, HIV and AIDS and other social economic challenges through a comprehensive approach that includes income generation, health care, sustainable livelihoods and education.

We are pleased to present to you, our March 2013 highlight of the month, the Maasai Girls Education Fund (MGEF). The Maasai Girls Education Fund was created to improve the literacy, health and economic well being of Maasai women in Kenya as well as their families through education of girls and their communities.

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