PROFILES OF MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS
Advocacy for Women in Africa (AWA)
The Advocacy for Women in Africa (AWA) was founded and incorporated in 1996 in Dar-Es Salaam, Tanzania, as a network for advocacy on women’s issues on the African continent; Ambassador Gertrude Mongella is one of the founder members and its President. The aim of AWA is to create a strong voice for women on the issues of development, peace and equality. Many organizations had already been working in these areas, however AWA’s main focus is on advocacy with the following activities: to create a forum for women to raise African women’s concerns and influence decisions within major decision-making bodies in Africa; to facilitate contacts, provide a link and bring together people who are committed to speak for and with women in Africa; to promote actions for development, peace and equality with a gender focus; to interpret and analyze social economic and political trends in the continent and their impact on women’s advancement and empowerment.
Africa Leadership Forum (ALF)
The Africa Leadership Forum (ALF) is Africa’s premier civil society and not-for-profit organization. It grew out of the need to assist in improving the capacity and competency of African leaders to confront development challenges. ALF has been at the forefront, working with and building the capacities of African women for leadership and development, which culminated in the creation of the Africa Women Forum (AWF). The Forum seeks to identify and establish a medium through which it can challenge ideas and create networking opportunities.
African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD)
The African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) is an international civil-society organization working throughout Africa to bring appropriate African solutions to the challenges posed by conflict on the continent. Recognized by the UN as a model for Africa, its reputation continues to grow and the knowledge and experience of the organization is often called on from as far a field as East Timor, Cyprus and Sao Paolo. ACCORD was founded in 1991.
African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS)
The main objectives of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) are to better compliment the work of the African Commission and to serve the entire African continent more efficiently in its unwavering mission of promoting human rights and democracy through training, action-oriented research, legal service, publications, documentation and networking.
African Network for the Campaign on “Education for All” (ANCEFA)
The African Network for the Campaign on “Education for All” (ANCEFA) is a network aimed at promoting and reinforcing African civil society organizations in order to reinforce tools for advocacy and mobilization to facilitate access to free and valuable education for all. It uses the creation of networks and coalitions to help share experience and knowledge and to build stronger partnerships to better influence politics on very critical issues such as HIV/ AIDS.
African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF)
The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), which was established in June 2000, is the first Africa-wide fundraising and grant-making fund, which aims to support the work of organizations working to promote women’s rights in Africa. The AWDF funds local, national, sub-regional and regional organizations in Africa working towards women’s empowerment. The objectives of the AWDF are fundraising within and outside Africa, grant making on an Africa-wide basis, communicating the work and achievements of African women’s organizations and providing technical assistance to grantees.
Association de Lutte contre les Violences Faites aux Femmes (ACOLVF)
Based in Yaoundé, Cameroun, the Association de Lutte contre les Violences Faites aux Femmes (ACOLVF) was founded in 1991 to lead action in support of changed behaviour towards women. Fully recognising that the rate of violence against women is increasing, the association works on the health effects of women victims of violence. It also provides support to adolescents and advises them on responsible sexual behaviour.
Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS)
Since its inception in 1996, FAS has been working to foster, strengthen and promote the leadership role of women in conflict prevention, management and resolution on the African continent. As one of the founding members of the African women’s peace movement, the work of FAS is set in the context of a wider campaign to protect and promote women’s human rights in Africa. The International Secretariat in Geneva and New York Liaison Office influence and participate in decisions on women at the international level. The Regional Bureau for Africa in Dakar, Senegal advocates for gender equity and mainstreaming in the programmes and policies of regional and national bodies. FAS also works to build the capacity of women’s grassroots organizations through solidarity and evaluation missions and advocacy and capacity building training in partnership with the African Union (AU), UN agencies and women’s groups. FAS has Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Observer Status with the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR). It is also a member of the New York based NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, which monitors implementation of Resolution 1325.
Forum for Africa Women Educationalists (FAWE)
The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) was created in 1992 as a response to the slow pace of implementation of Education for All goals in sub-Saharan Africa.
FAWE was registered in Kenya as a Pan African NGO in 1993 with a Secretariat in Nairobi. Since then, it has grown into a network of thirty-three national chapters with a wide range of membership that includes women policy makers and male ministers of education who are associate members. FAWE seeks to ensure that girls have access to school, complete their studies and perform well at all levels.
Foundation for Community Development (FDC)
The Foundation for Community Development (FDC) is a civic organization with no political party affiliation, which seeks to join together the forces of all sectors of society in achieving an ideal for development, democracy and social justice. The Foundation is based on the conviction that poverty is not inevitable; it is the result of a complex mechanism of marginalizing and exploiting the poor; of feeble publicity for scientific and technical knowledge and appropriate technologies; of a system of access to resources which those social strata who do not benefit from education and involvement in formal institutions of society and the economy find hard to use. This series of factors has a negative impact on people’s attitude to nature and life and also prevents them from using the resources that are already available for their own benefit in a sustainable way. These structural and psychological obstacles are the root of the poverty that the FDC seeks to combat.
Roll Back Malaria (RBM)
The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) was launched in 1998 by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank to provide a coordinated global approach to fighting malaria. The RBM Partnership’s goal is to halve the burden of malaria by 2010. A key role of the RBM Partnership is to lead continuing advocacy campaigns to raise awareness of malaria at the global, regional, national and community levels, thus keeping malaria high on the development agenda, mobilizing resources for malaria control and for research into new and more effective tools (including a vaccine), and ensuring that vulnerable individuals are key participants in rolling back malaria.
SaferAfrica is an international independent not-for-profit organization operating in Africa and Latin America since 2001. It aims to provide technical assistance and support to continental, regional and national organizations and governments in the South that will assist in the implementation and delivery of key policies in the field of peace, security, safety and good governance. It works with a broad vision of safety, security and development that allows its peace, safety and governance work to act as a multiplying force for sustainable development.
Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance (SAHARA)
The Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance (SAHARA) programme seeks to facilitate the sharing of information and experience and to encourage collective and coordinated responses for the HIV/AIDS pandemic. It focuses its studies on sensitive unexplored issues related to social aspects of HIV/AIDS in Western Africa.
Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA)
The Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA) is an opportunity to define new strategies to preserve the dignity of African women. It follows the global objective of taking into account numerous factors that influence the impact of HIV/AIDS activities in Africa including gender, sexuality, community involvement, NGO capacity, communications tools, stigma and discrimination, human rights, and programme sustainability. It is in charge of developing and implementing effective programmes that address these determinants. It seeks to mobilize African communities at the grassroots level and to establish national policies and strategies for AIDS control among women in Africa.
Tunisian Mothers’ Association (TMA)
The Tunisian Mothers’ Association (TMA) provides medical and legal services; it receives, sensitizes and advises maiden mothers; it offers a peaceful welcoming space for mothers from abroad and inside the country. The association also conducts operational researches and studies on mothers’ conditions, children and the family and organizes national, regional and international seminars, meetings, workshops and forums. Among its major objectives are the mobilization of information and social mobilization all over the country, using interpersonal communication means through home visits and immediate services for rural illiterate and needy mothers. The association organizes multidisciplinary caravans aimed at solidarity creation and counselling of mothers in need.
West African Women Association (WAWA)
The West African Women Association (WAWA) is responsible for mobilizing women in order to ensure the gender mainstreaming of all programmes related to setting up integration processes on the African continent. Its actions cover all country members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF)
At the time of the launching of Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF), the network consisted of representatives from fifteen countries. The membership then reached ninety individual members and forty organizations. WiLDAF's membership now comprises over 600 organizations, 3,500 individuals in thirty-one countries in Africa, with country networks in twenty-six countries. To date, country networks have been set up in Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
WiLDAF was set up in recognition of the importance of creating a critical mass to speak with one voice and increase pressure for change to enable women to take their rightful place in society. WiLDAF has been involved in initiating a number of programmes which bring women's rights and advocacy groups together at national, sub-regional and Pan-African levels in various forums.