Feminist socialist, Micheline Ravololonarisoa is an expert activist and professional . Born and bred in Madagascar she left since 1974 after the student revolt of 1972. Move to different countries but essentially established herself with her family in Nairobi ,Kenya and then in the UK since 1991.
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.
Passionate about working for women’s rights at all levels and with all women, Virginia Muwanigwa is an expert in gender and women’s rights research, analysis, proposal writing; lobbying and advocating for women’s rights. As the Chairperson of the Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe, in addition to the WLZ, she has 8 years extensive use of human rights based approaches, 19 years working experience on socio-economic and political analysis in SADC and vast experience working with women and men at local and national level in both urban and rural.
Chika Oduah is an independent journalist and photographer based in Abuja, Nigeria. She freelances for Al Jazeera, Associated Press and other news outlets. Chika has reported from Africa, the United States and Central America. A blogger for the Huffington Post's world news edition in collaboration with the Berggruen Institute on Governance, her reportage has been published by the New York Times, National Geographic, The Atlantic, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, The Guardian, and Religion News Service, among others.
MEWC’s publications are perhaps our most important achievements. Our publications are meant to encourage discussion, challenge the status quo, and provide a new approach to gender issues in Africa.
Some of our publications are the first of its kind in the field, namely our publication report on the first year of the African Women’s Decade "African Women’s Decade: One Year On, which reviewed every African country in regards to progress made, or lack thereof, in the area of women’s rights.
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In the interview of the month MEWC aims to ask questions where the respondent can elaborate on issues regarding women’s present situation in Africa. The interview of the month also gives room for individuals who are doing important and varying work for women’s rights in Africa to express their ideas and answers to some of the pressing current issues.
At MEWC we believe that it is important to listen to different aspects and provide room for discussion, and so we post the interview on our home page to encourage debate. But perhaps most importantly, we strive to make the interview of the month a space where women who might otherwise not be heard, share their views.
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.
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The MEWC eNewsletter is an online publication released once a month. The newsletter aims to be a quick resource highlighting important and interesting developments in our six gender topics: Women, Peace and Security, Violence against Women, Political Participation & Leadership, Economic Empowerment, HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Rights, and Human Rights of Women.
Additionally, the newsletter provides information for upcoming events, featured resources, and our interview of the month. The typical readers of our eNewsletter are individuals who want to have the highlight of the month’s news at their fingertips in one document, for those who want a quick version of longer news articles, and for those who are interested in events and resources.
The main purpose of the Video of the Month is to provide a source of information and provide a perspective in another form than written text. It is also a way to show images from the real world where situations are displayed as they are. With videos information and perspectives becomes available in an alternative form, where pictures and audio provides the viewer with insights in the current situation for women in a particular location. To access a video is often easier and the combination with images can make it more real and understandable.
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