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‘Their Suffering Breaks My Soul’: A Tigrayan Woman’s Pleas for Change

                  —by Feyre Gezahegn I recall when Abiy Ahmed was appointed as Prime Minister in April 2018, Ethiopians, including Tigrayans, at home and abroad rejoiced. At that time, no one had reason to suspect that his government would be leading a violent campaign on […]

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AWRA calls on Mali to protect women and girls from FGM and gender violence during times of conflict

AMSTERDAM, JUNE 28, 2021- African Women Rights Advocates (AWRA) calls on the government of Mali to take immediate action to protect women and girls from female genital mutilation (FGM) and gender-based violence, particularly during times of heightened political conflict. Over a span of nine months, Mali has seen two military coups that have […]

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#ReclaimTheNarrative: Mainstream Beauty Standards Were Made to be Broken

Within our own communities across Africa, many people still think that beauty means straight hair, lighter skin, or thin cinched waists. Sometime throughout history, society decided that these features should be the standard of beauty. These Eurocentric beauty paradigms often exclude black and brown women, their traditional attire, darker skin tones, or various body […]

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“A New Dawn for Children”: FGM Survivor Writes Her Second Children’s Book

This blogpost was written by Ruth Harley, and first appeared on the website of Global Media Campaign to End FGM. AWRA founding member Sadia Hussein has written her second book about children’s rights to educate youth by sensitizing them against harmful cultural practices especially female genital mutilation, child marriage, teenage pregnancies, rape, sodomy, child […]

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#ReclaimTheNarrative: Dismantling Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is the recruitment, transfer, harboring or receipt of people through fraud, force, or manipulation with the goal of exploiting them for profit or sexual pleasure. Women, children, and sometimes men of all ages and ethnicities can become victims of this horrific crime, which occurs in just about every corner of the world. […]

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Recognizing Grief: The First Step to Healing

From my heart, I have written a special tribute to anyone facing trauma, loss, or grief. For anyone going through the motions, keep going. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.                                         […]

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#ReclaimTheNarrative: Bodily Autonomy & Sexual Sovereignty

Many women in Egypt, the Middle East, and Africa haven’t been able to enjoy their bodies and own their experiences for far too long under the rule of patriarchal governments and authoritarian regimes. But that is now changing. Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous country, has the highest number of women and girls […]

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Breaking Barriers: Women Entrepreneurs Add Value to Local Economies in Africa

AWRA Founding Member Reem Abdellatif sat down for a one-one-one interview with entrepreneur and presenter Vickie Remoe, a prominent multimedia producer, entrepreneur, and presenter from Sierra Leone. We discuss all the barriers against women entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone and Africa and what we must do to break them.  Q: What was it like […]

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AWRA Film Review: ‘A Girl From Mogadishu’ starring Aja Naomi King

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”2195″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text] A Girl from Mogadishu is an Irish-Belgian film. It is a somewhat fictionalized story based on the testimony of AWRA founding member Ifrah Ahmed, who having escaped war-torn Somalia, emerged as one of the world’s foremost international activists against gender-based violence. I have had the pleasure of participating in the […]

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Ending police brutality must be among global SDGs, says Nigerian activist

Police brutality in Africa has been a longstanding issue that must be addressed through dedicated global action, says Abimbola Aladejare, a leading women’s rights activist in Nigeria. “Youth are tired of failed governance,” said Abimbola, Founder and Director of The New Generation Girls & Women Development Initiative (NIGAWD), which is a knowledge partner of […]

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AWRA steps up efforts to end FGM, child marriage in Kenya’s most remote villages

The African Women Rights Advocates (AWRA) movement has been strengthening its efforts in some of Kenya’s most remote villages to help reduce the rates of child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). “One of the main challenges is accessibility to the remote villages where FGM and child marriage cases are high, that’s why not […]

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Here’s why AWRA has decided to disrupt the NGO space now

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Being identified as an African and a woman in an already binary, complex world driven by toxic masculinity, racial biases, systemic injustices and inequality places African women and girls among the most disadvantaged demographic in this world. Over the years, many incredible people and organizations have worked to eradicate these injustices against African women […]