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“When our voices are muffled, Womankind is our voice, they become our strength”
Bogaletch Genre, Director of our partner, KMG
Afghan Women’s Network
The Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) is an umbrella organization of around 84 NGO members and 5000 individual members who are committed to supporting Afghan women. Womankind considers the AWN to be a strong and strategic partner for our work in Afghanistan because it is the most vocal women’s rights organization in relation to Womankind’s strategic aims. The AWN was established in 1995, by Afghan women who had attended the UN Conference on Women in Beijing and were inspired by the women’s movement in other parts of the world.
The AWN is a cornerstone of Afghanistan’s fledging women’s movement, serving as a well-established network for the growing number of women’s organizations operating in the country. The AWN has a strong presence in Kabul, Herat and Jalalabad, while it also works through local members in several Afghan provinces. In addition to fulfilling its function as a network, the AWN also undertakes its own projects addressing issues such as gender-based violence, youth empowerment and girl’s education.
The Afghan Women’s Resource Centre has over 26 years of experience in developing empowering projects for women. They often work with the most vulnerable women in the community with a focus on enabling them to become active, self-reliant members of their families and society.
They have created a number of training and education programmes through their community centres, and the influence of their original workshops spreads much wider. To date over 1400 women participants took this knowledge back into their families and communities, helping to raise awareness and encourage change. Womankind and AWRC work together to empower women in their communities and increase their political and civil participation.
HAWCA is one of the few key women’s organisations in Afghanistan that works ensuring women’s participation in the rebuilding and development process that is underway in Afghanistan.
Since its establishment in 1999, HAWCA has been actively involved in protecting and promoting the human rights of women and children. HAWCA aims to protect women through legal programs, empower women in the economic and education sector and equip them to become strong and active citizens.
Currently HAWCA runs legal aid centres for women survivors of violence in Herat and Kabul. They also run a programme on peace building and conflict resolution amongst children. Womankind and HAWCA work to create awareness amongst the new generations on peace building and conflict resolution.
Centro de Desarrollo Integral de la Mujer Aymara Aymata “Amuyt’a” (CDIMA)
CDIMA is a leading indigenous women’s rights organisation in Bolivia, founded in 1989 to promote Aymara women’s rights, cultural identity and women’s access to social, political and economic structures.
It supports the empowerment of Aymara women to demand their rights, affirm their cultural identity, and change discriminatory social, economic, and political policies and practices by increasing the political participation of Aymara women and girls. Womankind is working with CDIMA on active participation of Aymara indigenous women and young people in local and national political spaces.
Centro de Promocion de Mujer Gregoria Apaza
The Gregoria Apaza Center for the Promotion of Women (CPMGA) works to transform unequal gender relationships and to increase women’s power in society. In particular, their work is around i) economic empowerment, ii) women’s political leadership and lobbying to influence public policy, practices and attitudes favouring women’s equality iii) supporting victims of VAW. They also carry out research on VAW and promote the creation of alternative radio stations.
CPMGA is a well-organised and energetic organisation with an established reputation in Bolivia. It has a strong influence on a wide sector of the El Alto population, one of the largest cities in Bolivia. CPMGA has established successful leadership and violence prevention courses and runs an influential radio station which broadcasts powerful social messages. CPMGA is a strategic partner for Womankind and we hope to expand our work with it in future.
RED ADA was set up in 1994 to act as a women’s ‘media watchdog’, monitoring how the country’s various media represent and report on women’s issues.
Red Ada is a national network of journalists and communicators working to promote the human rights of women, in particular indigenous women.
Red ADA’s pioneering approach has already had a great impact on fairer and increased coverage of women’s issues on television, radio and in print, and has contributed to raising the general public’s awareness on the importance of the prevention, denunciation and eradication of violence against women.
Our partners are working to eliminate violence agaisnt women and girls and enable women to participate in local decision making processes.
Association for Women’s Sanctuary and Development (AWSAD)
AWSAD was established in 2003 and has been providing services such as shelter, counselling, training, legal aid and medical support to women and girls survivors of violence.
AWSAD operates the only two shelters for survivors in Ethiopia located in Addis Ababa and Adama supporting around 200 women, girls and their children every year. As a result, many women and girls gain confidence and skills to rebuild and improve their lives when they leave the shelter.
Womankind and AWSAD are working to expand services at the shelter, train police and other public officials to improve services and encourage communities to support survivors and prevent violence.
Integrated Community Education and Development Association (ICEDA)
ICEDA has been working since 1998 to provide communities in Oromia region with information on harmful traditional practices, reproductive health and HIV and AIDS and empowering women and their families economically.
Its major projects focus on ensuring that girls who are at risk of FGM, rape and child marriages can be protected and remain in school. Since 2007, ICEDA has enabled 3,000 girls to continue with their education.
Womankind and ICEDA are working with schools in Dukem town providing information to parents, teachers and community elders on the value of girls’ education. The schools run girls’ clubs where girls can share information and support each other as well as educate communities to refrain from harmful practices.
KMG was established in 1997 and has been working with communities in the Southern zone of Kembatta to eliminate harmful traditional practices.
KMG brings women, men, boys and girls together to discuss these practices and supports them to come up with solutions. For instance, many communities have adopted resolutions to penalise any community member who circumcises their daughter and to report to the police. In Kembatta, FGM has been reduced from 97% to less than 4% during the past 10 years protecting over 175,000 girls.
Womankind and KMG are working to scale up and replicate KMG’s community work to other districts in Ethiopia so that more women and girls can live free of violence.
Siiqqee Women’s Development Association (Siiqqee)
Siiqqee was established in 1997 and has been working to enable women to control their livelihoods and contribute to the development of their families and communities.
Siiqqee brings together poor women, who are left out of decision making, to carry out income generating projects as well as providing them with information on violence against women. Being organised in self help groups enables women who are often isolated by poverty and HIV and AIDS to take action individually and collectively against violence.
Womankind and Siiqqee are supporting self help groups in Nekemete with information on violence against women and empowering them economically so they are better able to escape violence.
Womankind’s partners are performing vital work to promote women’s civil and political, economic, social and cultural rights in Ghana, and have been active in building partnerships with other women’s rights organisations across West Africa.
International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA)
FIDA has been providing legal services to women in Ghana for over 25 years. In 1985 FIDA established the first free Legal Aid Service in the country, extending vital legal services to women whose recognition in Ghanaian law would otherwise be severely restricted.
Today, FIDA’s community-based volunteers (paralegals) continue to ensure that rural women have access to services such as counselling, mediation and representation in court. FIDA Ghana’s research and advocacy have also been highly influential, particularly on HIV and AIDS and violence against women. Womankind and FIDA collaborate on improving women’s access to justice.
The Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre (Gender Centre)
The Gender Centre was established in 1995 to integrate women’s perspectives into the growing number of mainstream programmes addressing social and development issues in Ghana. It works with both women’s groups and mainstream organisations, providing support and training in areas such as gender mainstreaming, project planning and advocacy.
The Gender Centre is a highly respected centre for information on women’s rights in Ghana and has been recognised through the allocation of four places on working groups of Ghana’s National Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDs.
Womankind and the Gender Centre collaborate on addressing women’s susceptibility to HIV and AIDS due to gender inequality and addressing violence against women.
Window of Hope Foundation
Window of Hope Foundation is a Ghanaian non-governmental organization founded in 2007. Window of Hope is committed to advancing the human rights and status of all persons especially women. Though a young organisation, Window of Hope has already had a significant impact in the communities where it works.
Window of Hope’s work focuses on reducing violence against women, HIV/AIDS, economic development and income generation, educational programmes with special emphasis on the child labour and the girl child and women’s rights education.
Womankind has been working with Window of Hope and the Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre on a joint project to combat, prevent and respond to violence against women in the Ashanti region of Ghana.
Women in Law and Development in Africa, Ghana (WiLDAF- Ghana)
WiLDAF-Ghana is one member of a strong pan-African organisation, bringing together organisations to promote a culture of respect for women’s rights in Africa.
WiLDAF operates a network of Legal Literacy Volunteers (or LLVs), women and men trained to provide legal aid and support to women affected by domestic abuse. WiLDAF also undertakes important work on government policies, such as their highly effective promotion of the Domestic Violence Bill, and work to highlight women’s needs in aid programmes.
Womankind and WiLDAF collaborate on increasing women’s political participation and resources available for women’s rights.
Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW)
The Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) is a non-governmental, non-partisan, membership organization whose mission is to transform society by empowering women and expanding new frontiers for women’s rights and freedoms. With more than a decade of experience, CREAW has established excellent working relationships and partnerships with many other organisations in Kenya to be able to respond to the fast-changing political environment in Kenya.
Since sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is culturally accepted in Kenya, CREAW is committed to transforming society and achieving for women, a just and dignified environment, in which their relation with men is equal, and their rights and freedoms are respected and realized. CREAW’s programmes, which are politically non-partisan, consist of focussed lobby and advocacy activities that support the interests of its constituency, the women of Kenya.
Womankind and CREAW are working on a project promoting women’s human rights and paving the way for women’s participation in 2012 general elections.
Federation of Women Lawyers – Kenya
The Federation of Women Lawyers – Kenya FIDA Kenya is a non-profit, non-partisan, membership organization committed to the creation of a society that is free from all forms of discrimination against women. This is done through the provision of legal aid to indigent women, engagement on legal, policy and legislative reform, treaty monitoring and research among other programmatic interventions.
(FIDA Kenya) has been working in Kenya for 25 years and has a wealth of experience in advocating for women’s rights. As an organization, FIDA has worked to secure gender responsiveness in constitutional and legal reforms and also seeks to do the same for formal and informal justice systems.
Liberia Women Media Action Committee – LIWOMAC
Liberia Women Media Action Committee (LIWOMAC) was founded in 2003 and is a media development organisation dedicated to women’s rights and development in Liberia. It established the first ever women owned and run radio station in the country, which discuss women’s issues, and is only the second such radio station on the whole continent. LIWOMAC focuses on issues related to sexual gender based violence and peace building.
LIWOMAC has three main programmes of work, which aim to empower grassroots women to fight inequalities and participate in governance at the household, community and national levels. Firstly, they use media to advance women rights; this includes operating the Liberia Women Democracy Radio as well as supporting women journalists in their work. Secondly, they carry out research around women’s rights, livelihood, security and development. Lastly, they conduct advocacy work and campaign on women’s human rights issues.
Womankind is particularly drawn to LIWOMAC’s work because of their innovative way of using media to promote change and train women and men to become ‘community peace actors’, who will drive a peaceful elections process by promoting non-violence.
National Women’s Lobby Group
The National Women’s Lobby Group (NAWOLG) of Malawi was founded in 1997 in an attempt to transform the Malawian political environment by mobilising a critical mass of women to participate in politics. NAWOLG sees itself as a tool for women to make their voices heard at the national and international level. NAWOLG trains and supports aspiring female candidates and elected female politicians in terms of political procedures, media skills, and confidence building skills.
It campaigns and lobbies on issues affecting women in Malawi through national networks and works with traditional authorities to raise awareness about violence against women, women’s rights and the benefits of involving women in decision-making.
NAWOLG also does awareness-raising through Women Radio Listeners Clubs across the country which provide a safe space for women survivors of violence to share experiences, learn about their rights and where they can seek legal help.
Coalition of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
The Coalition of Women living with HIV/AIDS in Malawi (COWLHA) is a grassroots organization based in Lilongwe and active in every district of Malawi. Working with a wide range of partners, COWLHA’s members bring the issues of women living with HIV to the national stage, while providing them with support. Over 50,000 members-strong after two years of operation, COWLHA provides a space for women to meet with leaders, receive microfinance support, and advocate for their needs.
COWLHA holds anti stigma and discrimination workshops, campaigns on violence against women, and provides support to children orphaned by AIDS. The coalition’s activities have encouraged thousands of women to be open about their status and to seek HIV testing and counselling, antiretroviral treatment, mother to child transmission prevention, and nutritional support.
Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO)
Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO) was established in 1994 by a group of concerned Dalit Women with the vision to “fight against caste and gender discrimination and to construct a just and equitable society.”
FEDO promotes the rights of Dalit women through advocacy, education, economic empowerment, health and sanitation, and organisation development through 40 district chapters across Nepal.
FEDO takes a participatory approach to development and its programs assess the needs of the local communities in which it works in order to increase the community members’ ownership of the project. FEDO’s programs provide Dalit women with the awareness and tools they require to improve their lives.
Saathi is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation which was established in 1992 to address contemporary challenges being faced by Nepali women. Specifically, Saathi works on the issue of Violence Against Women and Children. Saathi’s objective is to work towards eliminating violence and injustice against women and children and to provide support to survivors/victims.
Saathi’s strategy is to work at all levels of Nepali society – from the government to the grassroots level. Some of Saathi’s activities include conducting pioneering research on the impact of violence against women and children in Nepal, running training for battered women’s advocates and activists, and working in collaboration with other organisations on an anti-trafficking programme.
Saathi also coordinates a coordinates a loose network of 36 organizations called the “National Network Against Domestic Violence” (NNADV). This network was formed to pressure the government to pass the Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Act. The Act was passed in 2009.
Womankind and Saathi are working together to strengthen the capacity of the NNADV to do awareness-raising, increase access to justice for domestic violence survivors and lobby the government for amendments to the Act.
Women for Human Rights (WHR) was established in 1994 to work for the human rights of the single women (widows) in Nepal. WHR strengthens the lives of single women through social and economic empowerment. Bringing together women from different ethnic and religious backgrounds from various geographical locations, WHR has an important peace-building function.
WHR has been progressive in changing laws to favour widows and removing discriminatory aspects of different laws. WHR is both visible and vocal about the rights of widows and envisions creating a non discriminatory and equitable society with a mission “to work towards the economic, political and social empowerment of single women for a dignified life, enjoying values of human rights”.
Movimiento el Pozo
El POZO is an NGO with 33 years of experience supporting women survivors of sexual exploitation and human trafficking. They are one of the leading organisations in Peru, working on the eradication of sexual exploitation through prevention, research and advocacy.
Together with El Pozo, Womankind focuses on supporting the rights integral to the health of women survivors of sexual exploitation.
FEPROMU is a federation of women’s organisations established in 1989, which operates throughout Peru. FEPROMU carry out diverse work on women’s rights that range from economic empowerment, violence against women, women’s workers rights to HIV and AIDS prevention.
Womankind works with FEPROMU on HIV and AIDS prevention and securing sexual and reproductive rights for young girls and boys.
DEMUS’ experience in combating women’s human rights violations spans more that 20 years. Their aim is to promote respect for human rights and gender equality amongst urban men and women and the Peruvian media.
Womankind and DEMUS have had great success in bringing together women survivors of the armed conflict in Peru to talk about and overcome the problems that they faced during and after the civil war.
Womankind also works with Demus to undertake national and international level advocacy activities which will lead to changes in laws and policies, so that women in Peru will experience increased access to support services and justice.
Graceland Counselling Services
Graceland Counselling Services (GLCS)’ pioneering work offering psychosocial care services in post-conflict Sierra Leone has not only filled a huge need in terms of counselling but has also been the impetus for other organisations to provide similar services. GLCS was founded in 1995 and works in collaboration with other NGOs in Sierra Leone to provide counselling services to communities and traumatised survivors of war and gender-based violence. It has several centres across Sierra Leone which provide a range of life skills training, income generation skills training, in addition to a range of counselling services. Another key focus area for GLCS is the promotion of women’s rights and awareness-raising around gender-based violence.
Womankind and GLCS are working on a project to provide increased protection and support to women survivors of violence in 4 districts in Sierra Leone.
Women’s Partnership for Justice and Peace (WPJP)
WPJP is a Sierra Leonean non-governmental organisation established in 2007 to empower women and girls to resist violence against them; protect their rights and advocate for the transformation of structures and systems that oppress them. Since its inception, WPJP has seen considerable growth and has expanded the reach and scope of its programmes.
Its vision is a gender-just Sierra Leone where women’s human rights, economic security and political participation are guaranteed at all levels. WPJP builds partnerships to eradicate violence against women and gender-based violence. Since inception, WPJP’s key activities have been implemented in southern Sierra Leone while advocacy work has been taking place at the national level.
Womankind and WPJP are working on a project to change community attitudes and practices to reduce discrimination and violence against women in southern Sierra Leone.
Women Against Violence and Exploitation in Society (WAVES)
WAVES is a Sierra Leonean NGO established in 2005 to work with women and children to eradicate poverty and injustice. It was established to address some of the huge gaps in terms of justice and social services for women survivors of violence in the country following the civil war.
Its vision is a non-violent, non-discriminatory, and non-exploitative environment for women and children in Sierra Leone. It works in partnership with other like-minded organization/partners to achieve the positive change that they want to see. WAVES operates in the Southern region, in and around the city of Bo.
Womankind and WAVES are working on a project to increase access to justice for rural women in Sierra Leone.
Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust (RCCTT)
Established in 1976, Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust is one of the oldest and most experienced organisations in South Africa, working to end sexual violence against women. RCCTT work to improve access to care, treatment and justice for rape survivors both female and male.
Womankind has been collaborating with RCCTT to support survivors of rape in rural and peri-urban areas in the Western Cape Province.
Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre (TLAC)
The Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre was established in 1996 to eradicate the victimization of women by the legal system, and to make the law a vehicle of social change for women.
In 2005, TLAC established a legal services unit that provides information and legal advice and assistance to women who are survivors of gender based violence, including domestic violence and rape.
Womankind has been collaborating with TLAC to ensure that women survivors of violence in South Africa are able to access a responsive justice system.
Women’s Legal Centre
The Women’s Legal Centre is a non-profit, independent law centre that seeks to achieve equality for women in South Africa. As access to justice is largely inaccessible to poor women, particularly black women, the WLC plays an important role in litigating in their interest and providing them with access to free legal advice.The Women’s Legal Centre has had considerable success in terms of challenging laws that have discriminated against women including customary laws of succession, rights to inheritance and in developing legal protection for women from sexual harassment in the workplace.
The Centre has identified 5 strategic focus areas for its work. These are violence against women; fair access to resources in relationships; access to land/housing; access to fair labour practices and access to health care (particularly reproductive health care).
Womankind and the Women’s Legal Centre are working on an access to justice project in the Eastern Cape province.
Women’s Legal Aid Center
The Women’s Legal Aid Centre has been providing legal services to women in Tanzania since 1989, though was incorporated as a Company in 1994. WLAC’s core undertaking is the provision of quality legal aid services to disadvantaged women and children through reconciliation, client coaching, drafting legal documents and representing clients to courts of law.
WLAC uses innovative approaches like mobile legal aid centres and paralegal training programmes to reach women in isolated rural communities and refugee camps. WLAC is a leading women’s rights organisation in Tanzania and campaigns and lobbies actively to end violence against women and protect and promote women’s land rights.
Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE)
Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) is a non-partisan, women’s organization operating in Uganda with its head office in Kampala. FOWODE grew out of the women’s caucus of the 1994-1995 Constituent Assembly (CA) that debated and passed the 1995 constitution. During the assembly, the women delegates used the caucus to increase their political clout, broaden the base of support for women’s issues and advocate for a gender sensitive constitution in all aspects. The success of the women’s caucus paved way for the formation of FOWODE as a non-governmental organization to continue with what had been started in the CA. FOWODE aims to provide women in leadership positions with an organized platform for learning, networking, sharing experiences and also advocates for gender equity and equality in decision making processes.
Womankind and FOWODE are currently working on an education project about women’s right to justice.
Isis-Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE)
Isis-Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE) is a non-governmental organisation that exists to promote justice and empowerment of women globally through documenting violations of women’s rights and facilitating the exchange of information and skills to strengthen women’s capacities, potential and visibility.
Isis-WICCE utilizes different creative strategies to generate and share information and knowledge to enable women to enhance their leadership potential and participate in decision making skills. Isis-Wicce’s activities also include skills building, documenting women’s realities, networking for peace and leadership, lobbying and advocating for redress of the spoils of the armed conflict.
Women for Change
Women for Change (WFC) is a Zambian gender focused NGO working with communities, especially women and children, in rural areas to contribute towards sustainable human development using popular education methodologies.
The organisation was born out of an NGO known as Canadian University Services Overseas (CUSO) and was known as CUSO’s Women’s Development Programme (WDP), until 1992 when it was transformed into an indigenous NGO known as Women For Change.
The organisation’s principle objective is to contribute to the creation of sustainable economic and social systems which are controlled by rural communities and which respond to their needs. The organisation is thus committed to the creation of a critical mass aware of their human rights and obligations as citizens.
The Zambia National Women’s Lobby
The Zambia National Women’s Lobby (Zambia NWL) was established in 1991 and is a local non-partisan, lobbying, civic education and leadership training organisation with a membership of more than 4,000 spread across the country. The aim of ZNWL is to advance the participation and representation of women at all levels of decision-making in order to cultivate and promote a culture of gender equality and respect for women’s human rights.
It builds women’s capacity to influence decision-making on all development issues, particularly those that promote their interests and welfare. The Zambia NWL is an active member of the national network of women’s organisations and spearheaded the production of the influential Zambia Women’s Manifesto to advance the human and political rights of women in Zambia.
Musasa Project was established in 1988 and has been providing services such as counselling, medical care and temporary shelter to women survivors of domestic violence.
Musasa provides communities, schools, police and traditional leaders with information on violence against women resulting in attitudes and behaviour change.
Musasa started the campaign which resulted in the passing of the Domestic Violence Act in 2007. Womankind is supporting Musasa to strengthen its organisational capacity and staff skills so that they can effectively respond to women survivors’ needs.
WCoZ is a network of women’s organisations and activists formed in 1999 to provide space for them to undertake collective action and advocacy on women’s rights.
WCoZ has enabled the Zimbabwean women’s organisations and activists to participate in national processes such as constitutional reform, violence against women and peace building.
Womankind and WCoZ are working with communities in 3 provinces to raise awareness on peace building and promote women’s participation in peace processes at the local and national levels.
WIPSU has been working since 2002 to increase the numbers of women in Parliament and local government providing them with information and skills training so that they can effectively contribute to decision making processes.
WIPSU has established community forum where women leaders and their women constituents meet to discuss women’s issues. Womankind is working with WiPSU to consolidate this work and advocate for government and political parties to implement gender quotas for women.
ZWLA is an association of women lawyers established in 1992 and has been providing legal services to poor women and advocating for laws and policies that protect women’s rights.
ZWLA is also providing legal and women’s rights information to community members so that they can support women experiencing violence and other rights violations.
Womankind is working with ZWLA to provide legal services to women in domestic violence, divorce, child support, inheritance and property disputes as well as supporting the enactment of women’s rights in national laws.