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Over the last period of years FEMNET has focused her Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) work in three priority areas: Ending FGM, CEFM and eradicating harmful practices, Access to Safe and Legal Abortion and Bodily Autonomy and Integrity work.

FEMNET continues to intensify her work on SRHR with partners across the region, and enhanced collaboration and partnerships with allies including funding partners, community of journalists and allies by:

  1. Advancing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls in Africa, including on issues of diversity, inclusion and sexual orientation, reproductive rights, justice and choice through its Bodily Autonomy and Integrity work.
  2. Eliminating and ending violence against women in all forms through prevention, response, and policy formulation.
  3. Family Planning, equal access to safe and Legal abortion, affordable contraceptives, and comprehensive sex education, as well as freedom from sexual violence
  4. Ending FGM, Child and Early Marriage and eradicating traditional Harmful and traditional practices
  5. Engaging Men, boys, religious and cultural leaders through her Men-to-Men Strategy
  6. Opposition Monitoring and Management
  7. Advancing progressive understandings and feminist movement building around SRHR thought leadership and gender identity and rights

This is in line with FEMNET’s ten-year strategic plan (2020-2029) where FEMNET continues to focus on disrupting patriarchal power; nurturing innovative and powerful feminist spaces; re-politicizing the women’s right agenda; and invigorating constituency building and engagement. This includes robustly growing women and girls’ solidarity, voices, agency, and power to shape discourse, while countering regressive forces against gender equality and women’s empowerment. The strategic plan outlines five thematic focus areas: – (i) ending violence against women and girls; (ii) advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights; (iii) women’s transformative leadership; (iv)women’s economic justice and (v) climate justice and natural resource governance.

In its flagship, the We Lead project, FEMNET together with five other consortium partners and a technical partner, supports the project aimed at strengthening the potential of rightsholder organisations working in nine countries, to both claim a more prominent role in broader SRHR and human rights advocacy spaces, and develop and pursue their own advocacy agenda. The We Lead Program aims to ensure rightsholder groups including LBTIQ are included in gender-responsive laws, policies, societal norms and practices in Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Mozambique, Guatemala, Honduras, Lebanon and Jordan. FEMNET is also implementing the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) Bodily Autonomy and Integrity (BAI) program with partners in 6 sub-Sahara countries (Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Guinea Conakry and Liberia) towards advancing African Women’s Human Rights to their Bodily Autonomy and Integrity through ensuring that African Governments fulfil their Obligations & Commitments on SRHR. Following this support, these partners have participated in drafting outcome and position statements for the Commission on Status of Women (CSW), International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), Commission on Population and Development (CPD), African Union Summit CSO forum (Gender is my Agenda Campaign (GIMAC)) and the Generation Equality Forums. Through UN Spotlight Initiative, FEMNET has increased its work with FGM consortiums, WROs and   its network partners to promote girl activism, solidarity actions, and promoting online campaigns towards ending FGM, Harmful practices, and early child marriages

FEMNET has a long-standing engagement with men and women in Africa through the innovative Men-to-Men Strategy, FEMNET has successfully engaged religious and cultural institutions often dominated by men to drive social change. This strategy has been successfully used in Kenya, Malawi and Zambia. FEMNET has also had overwhelming support for SRHR advocacy through the #DignifiedResponse campaign that started after the COVID-19 pandemic began. Responses to the campaign show that survivors of GBV require meaningful change to end GBV which has been labelled as a twin pandemic to COVID-19 in some target countries. The Men-to-Men strategy is currently supported by UN Women and RFSU.

FEMNET’s strategic priorities has also been to support the Maputo protocol which has been with the AU Directorate, SOAWR coalition (SOAWR is a coalition of 43 organizations across 23 countries working on the implementation of Maputo Protocol across the African countries), Equality Now and other Women Rights Organizations.  A lot of work has been done in 23 SOAWR supported countries and FEMNET through the SOAWR coalition, is working with its partners to use the Maputo protocol as a regional instrument to push for policies at country and regional level.

We Lead ( Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Mozambique)

Policy Brief: Still a long way to eradicate practices that endanger women & girls’ lives – Zambia

Female genital mutilation, early and forced child marriages and unsafe abortion are harmful practices and multi-faceted socio-cultural and

Engaging community leaders & capacitating law enforces is essential for women & girls’ rights – Uganda

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Policy Brief: Towards breaking the walls that disregard the human rights of women & girls – Tunisia

Female genital mutilation and child marriage harmful practices that are not highly practice in Tunisia, however that existing

Economic empowerment is key to ending harmful practices and protecting women & girls’ rights – Tanzania

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Policy Brief: Strong legislation to protect women & girls’ rights is a must – Somalia

This policy brief seeks to highlight female genital mutilation, early and child marriages as well as access to

Policy Brief: Towards realizing women & girls’ rights: Putting policy into practice – Rwanda

This policy brief seeks to highlight female genital mutilation, early and child marriages as well as access to

Advancing women & girls’ rights: Implementing policies that promote social change – Nigeria

This policy brief builds on evidence from the review of key legal, policy and programmatic efforts for ending

Harmful practices persist: A need for law reform & resourced implementation to realise women & girls’ rights – Niger

This policy brief builds on evidence from the review of key legal, policy and programmatic eorts for ending

Policy Brief: Female genital mutilation, Early and Child Marriages – Mozambique

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Policy Brief: Targeted advocacy is key to protect women & girls’ rights – Malawi

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Women & Girl’s rights stifled: A policy review to ensure progressive culture change – Liberia

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A Policy Brief: Harmful practices, A deep-rooted reality in Kenya

Harmful traditional practices such as early marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM), as well as access to safe abortion

Policy Brief: Policies Inaction: Law, Reform and Behavior change – Guinea

This policy brief builds on evidence from the review of key legal, policy and programmatic efforts for ending

Policy Brief: Supporting evidence-based research to realize women & girls’ rights – Egypt

This policy brief seeks to highlight female genital mutilation, early and child marriages as well as access to

Qualitative study on the impact of COVID-19 on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women & girls in Africa

Introduction: The study was commissioned under the Advancing African Women’s Human Rights to their Bodily Autonomy and Integrity

Etude qualitative sur l’impact du COVID-19 sur la sante et les droits sexuels et reproductifs (SDSR) des

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