Why Gender Equality
We have successfully changed laws protecting rapists in many countries, including through a decade-long campaign on behalf of a 13-year-old Ethiopian girl that led to a precedent-setting ruling holding the government responsible for failing to prevent her sexual abuse and for denying her justice.
We worked with African regional partners to develop one of the most progressive and comprehensive legal instruments in history on women’s rights – the Maputo Protocol. As Secretariat for the pan-African Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition (SOAWR), we’ve since helped train thousands of state officials, activists, and legal practitioners to effectively use the Protocol to uphold women’s rights across Africa.
Our campaign for female genital mutilation (FGM) to be viewed as a human rights violation began long before the issue reached the global agenda. Our work has inspired groundbreaking change within communities, across nations and at the highest international levels, including the adoption of a landmark UN resolution in 2012 on eliminating FGM.