The UK Section of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom(WILPF) is writing to invite you to Celebrate “WILPF Voices of African Women Campaign” First Year Achievements of the African Women’s Decade(2010-2020)” and the official launch of Make Every Woman Count website www.makeeverywomancount.org which will be held in London on the 19th of July 2011.
The event will be hosted by the Centre for Gender Studies at SOAS in the Khalili Lecture Theatre at the School of Oriental and African Studies(SOAS).
British women in solidarity with diaspora African women members of UK WILPF are continuing to work on the objectives set for the African Women's Decade and raise the voices of grass-roots Africans to the UK, African and other governments; as well as NGO partners, to work harder on women’s issues in Africa; to promote the Maputo Protocol (African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa) and various legal framework documents for the protection and advancement of women’s rights and their participation in the good governance of Africa.
We want to further promote the voices of African Women world wide to thepublic through the official launch of Make Every Woman Count website www.makeeverywomancount.org specifically designed for this aim we are committed to monitoring this decade and evaluate the situation of women; every year until 2020; each July. We will also continue doing our own work to support women in the African continent.
UK WILPF has been campaigning to raise the voices of African women in the UK, for many years. In November 2008, UK WILPF held a series of events in London to promote the voices of African women, and delivered a Declaration to 10 Downing Street for the PM.
Please find more information in the document attached, and visit the link below on the UK WILPF website:www.wilpf.plushost.co.uk/index.php
- Chair: Professor Nadje Al-Ali – Chair of the SOAS Centre for Gender Studies
- Sally Spear - Vice-chair of the Women’s Advisory Council of the UN
- Roger Hallam - United Nations Association SE Region
- Marie-Claire Faray - Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom
- Rainatou Sow - Founder & Director of Make Every Woman Count
Message from our Friends at MEWC:
"Make Every Woman Count (MEWC) actively promotes the empowerment and rights of African women and girls by raising awareness of the African Women's Decade (AWD) and by providing timely and accurate informational resources on our website. The MEWC website aims to be a comprehensive resource to, not only document the plight of women in Africa and highlight the African Women's Decade, but to empower women by providing various resources ranging from grants to scholarships (all located under resources). Make Every Woman Count has focused its work on 5 priority areas that are vital to women's rights and gender equality: Human Rights of Women; Women, Peace & Security; Violence Against Women; Political Participation; Economic Empowerment; HIV/AIDS & Reproductives Health.
Here at MEWC, we believe that the African Women's Decade is an opportunity to highlight the difficulties women in Africa encounter, but it is also an occasion to celebrate the hard work and courage of African women and girls. This decade marks a new era for African women, where African governments must put their promises into action by creating effective programs and policies in order to empower girls and women's in Africa."