Nyaradzai Gumbodzvanda – Campaigning to End Child Marriage in Africa

No one better understands the silencing and exclusion that women and girls face than those who have lived the experience, and no one is better able to propose solutions that respond to these lived realities than those that are going …




Mariam Armisen –Minority Rights Advocate

In Francophone West Africa, a law in most penal codes in the region, which related to identity theft, is used against trans individuals, particularly trans women. A simple trip in the daytime as a trans woman can have severe repercussion …




Using Arts as a Powerful Tool for Resistance

Public spaces are shrinking for women’s rights activists and others to thrive; legal, participatory and policy spaces continue to shrink as each day dawns for civil societies and organisations. Activists continuously receive threats that impede their mobility, with some being …




Protecting Women’s Dignity in the Face of Grave Threat

In January 2015, protesters in Cairo, Egypt took to the streets for a peaceful demonstration meant to mark the fourth anniversary of Egypt’s Arab Spring uprising. Organised by Socialist Popular Alliance Party, the demonstration was set out to be a …




Promoting Economic Justice for Women

Lydia Mukami is one of the women human rights defenders in Kenya. She was threatened and assaulted for her activism to improve the economic wellbeing of women farmers in Mwea agricultural scheme.

Farmers have long decried the policies and management …




NGO CSW/Africa Events at #CSW61

The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13 – 24 March, 2017, will focus on the theme of “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing …