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FDHRD joins the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) coalition in Kenya

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The Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue (FDHRD) ، Today, Tuesday, June 14, 2022 , announced that it has joined the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) coalition, becoming the second Egyptian organization to join the coalition after the Association of Egyptian Female Lawyers. The Coalition includes 63 civil society organizations, working in 32 African countries to protect women’s rights.

Established in 2004 and based in Nairobi, Kenya, SOAWR works to protect the rights of girls and women as articulated in the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa (“The Maputo Protocol”). It main missions is to hold African Union Member States accountable and enhance partnership to fulfil their obligations under the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa; and encourage other stakeholders to actively apply the Protocol for the promotion and protection of the rights of women.

The African Studies unit in FDHRD, is particularly interested with the status of women in Africa, and the realization of their human rights. Thus, the Forum is looking forward to assist in achieving the Coalition’s main objectives, through its reports and studies. It will also be able to contribute through its monitoring and documentation system, as well as its advocacy for the ratification of the Maputo protocol. Moreover, the Forum aims to mobilise the national community to popularise the Protocol.

Through our membership in the SOAWR Coalition, the Forum is going to be able to exchange knowledge and expertise, share resources, gain access to tools and research, as well as interact and cooperate with other African organisations to promote the human rights of African women.

This is the third international coalition the FDHRD joins, after the Global Learning Community (GLC)-Chab Dai to combat human trafficking on October 5, 2021, and the Global Alliance against Trafficking Women (GAATW) on October 18, 2021. The two organizations are among the most prominent cross-border NGOs working in the field of combating and counteracting human trafficking.

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