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Family Matters: We must demand gender equity and equality in Africa 

The family unit is seen as the most important pillar of society, for it embodies the ideals of love, support, and equity. Yet, for countless people across Africa, this ideal […]

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Understanding FGM and Violence Against Women

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) remains one of the most challenging issues within the spectrum of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). Despite its severe health implications and the global movement […]

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Decolonizing African Activist Spaces: A Need for Home Grown Change

The need for decolonization in activist spaces and communities is the one thing that should be prioritized. Non-profit and non-governmental organizations receive most of their funding from western countries, […]

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Ending Female Genital Mutilation & Child Marriage in Kenya: A Call for Change

As a native of West Pokot County in Kenya, I have a deeply personal connection to the challenges posed by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage within my community. […]

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Ending Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria: How Far Have We Come?

Understanding FGM/C Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting (FGM/C) is a practice that is  still occurring in about 30 African countries, as well as across the Middle East and Asia. It […]

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Ending Female Genital Mutilation in Africa Requires a Holistic Approach. Here’s Why.

We recently sat down with our co-founder and Kenya representative Domtila Chesang, who is a human rights activist known for her grassroots campaigns against female genital mutilation (FGM) and gender-based […]

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AWRA and Orchid Project Introduce Africa Network to End FGM/C at Women Deliver 2023

KIGALI, RWANDA – African Women Rights Advocates (AWRA) and Orchid Project are excited to introduce and co-host the Africa Network to End FGM/C  – the first-of-its-kind African-led initiative at […]

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Female Genital Mutilation hurts women, girls, and our economies

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), which is the cutting of the female clitoris, is considered a crime in most countries. Although the practice has increased during the Covid-19 pandemic due to […]

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Ending FGM: Time to Shift the Power to Women & Frontline Activists

As an organization principled on collaboration not competition, last month was a pivotal milestone for AWRA. Some of our co-founders were privileged to participate in a retreat near Lake Naivasha, […]

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Here’s what we learned from ESD Global’s self-defense training for women

As a movement, African Women Rights Advocates (AWRA) believes in creating safer spaces for women, where survivors can heal and thrive. We believe all women and girls should be […]

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US Supreme Court’s Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade Violates First Amendment Rights

PRESS RELEASE — African Women Rights Advocates (AWRA) considers women’s health and reproductive rights — including the right to birth or not to birth children — an important element […]

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‘We Must Stand Against FGM’ : Sudani Doctor Hopes to Educate Men on FGM Horrors

Ali Awadelkarim is a medical doctor who obtained […]