Abortion is a human right not a crime!

By Dinah Musindarwezo, Executive Director of FEMNET– African Women’s Development and Communication Network Contrary to popular belief Abortion is not illegal in Africa; it is either restricted or protected by the law. There isn’t a single country in Africa that denies abortion completely.  In progressive jurisdictions including Mozambique, Tunisia, South Africa and Cape Verde abortion […]

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Africa’s Young women claim their rightful place at the AU Summit

By Catherine Nyambura Africa’s young women have risen to the occasion and are grabbing their critical spaces at the pinnacle of the African Union. The 2017 theme of the African Union;“Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in the Youth” offers a great opportunity in sustaining the “Africa Rising” and “Agenda 2063” narratives to seize the […]

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Halt threats & intimidation to the Kenyan Civil Society

For Immediate Media Release: 17/08/2017   88 Regional & International Civil Society organizations from 28 countries raise collective condemnation on harassment of CSOs in Kenya. We, the undersigned civil society organizations, working to advance human rights of all people in different countries categorically condemn the recent intimidation, threats and illegal attempts by the Non-Governmental Organizations […]

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Feeling the Temperatures on Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights

The controversies that cloud the sexual and reproductive health and rights discussions are deeply intertwined with various perspectives. One would be the reproductive rights debate that is multi dimensional. The debate on reproductive rights has been angled from religious, moral, public health and women’s rights perspectives. As a feminist I like to gravitate towards it […]

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“We will be the safe space and voices for all young women”

#SRHRDialogues #YoungWomenSay #EndVAW #EndFGM #EndChildMarriage #WhatWomenWant At the just concluded young women stand-up be counted training on Sexual & Reproductive health & Rights in Nairobi , Young women participants from across 9 counties in Kenya established resolutions to bind their solidarity and collective  towards ending FGM and child early and Forced marriages. The Kenyan #YoungWomenSay: We […]

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Win! Win! Win! Free One Year Membership to FEMNET

Write your way to a Free One Year Membership to FEMNET! In keeping up with a tradition of building solidarity and strengthening Networks, FEMNET is providing a one-year FREE membership subscription to a respondent with the most compelling Women & Girls Rights story submitted between the months of June & July 2017. Deadline for Submissions:  […]

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What are the Gender Dimensions of IFFs?

The gendered impacts of illicit financial flows discourse has not been largely documented – especially from a feminist perspective. FEMNET considers this ground-breaking research in Africa to be the beginning of the much-needed advocacy and heightened consciousness on illicit financial flows led by women’s rights organizations. In January 2015, African Heads of State and government […]

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Young Women and the Demographic Dividend: Advocacy Brief

Several discourses on youth and the demographic dividend tend to focus on and be dominated by young men. Young women remain absent in discussions on youth development, with their voices considered peripheral and their bodies constructed as sites to be acted on through policy prescriptions developed by others for them. Yet, youth like all other […]

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For immediate Release: Nairobi – 23/6/2017 African women and girls are outraged and incensed by yesterdays utterances by Tanzania President John Magufuli that teenage mothers impregnated while still in school should not be allowed to go back to their studies for fear of influencing other school girls to also fall pregnant. “That in this 21st […]

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