Founded in December 2010 two months after the launch of the African Women's Decade, Make Every Woman Count (MEWC) is a young African women-led organisation that promotes and advocates for the empowerment and rights of African women and girls. MEWC provide timely and accurate information, resources and tools to support and strengthen the work of African women’s rights advocates, African women's grassroots, organisations and activists.
Through its campaings and publications, MEWC monitors and raises awareness of the African Women’s Decade 2010-2020 launched in October 2010 by the African Union.
MEWC is both a platform for African women & girls, a space for shared ideas, and a voice for those who have largely gone unheard. Unlike many organisations working towards women’s rights, we seek to strengthen the voices of African women and girls so that they can take the lead on Africa’s social, political and economic development.
MEWC's mission is to ensure that African women and girls have a real 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 fully participate equally with men in the public dialogue and decisions-making and influence the decisions that will determine the future of their families, communities and countries.
MEWC's vision is a world where African women and girls are fully empowered to participate in the economic, political and social development and to influence decisions that affect their lives; a world where African women and men, girls and boys have equal rights and opportunities and equal access to resources, education, healthcare, employment, leadership and decision-making.
- Well informed, educated, skilled and socially, economically, politically empowered African women/girls
- Greater inclusion and participation of African women/girls in politics and governments
- Stronger, well informed and better resourced African women's organisations, grassroots, activists to promote the full participation women and girls in all in decisions-making and all spheres of the society
- Full implementation of the Maputo Protocol, UNSCR 1325/1820
- African women/girls to constitue a dynamic force for realizing the benefits of sustainable development for present and future generations.
- Create a platform for women's organisations, women activists and leaders to exchange ideas and experiences, and to advocate for the greater inclusion of women in key development policy
"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