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Equality Now: Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR)
New York, USA
http://www.soawr.org/

Equality Now was founded in 1992 to protect and promote the human rights of women around the world. Equality Now’s Africa Regional Office, located in Nairobi, Kenya, documents violence and discrimination against African women; mobilizes resources and public opinion to advance their rights; and defends individual women suffering abuse. It plays an active coordinating role for the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR), an Africa-wide coalition working for the ratification, popularization and domestication of the African Union’s Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People's Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa.

2014$150,0001 year
This grant supports Equality Now and SOAWR to advance the African Union’s Protocol on the Rights of Women specifically in West Africa, with its ratification in Niger and Sierra Leone, and its domestication and implementation in Nigeria and Senegal.
2013$7,5006 months
This grant supports SOAWR to develop a five year strategic plan.
2011$120,000 2 years
This grant enables SOAWR to advance the ratification, domestication and implementation of the Women’s Rights Protocol in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, and Sierra Leone.
2008$125,0002 years
This grant enables the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights coalition (SOAWR) to implement the third phase of its campaign for the ratification, domestication, and implementation of the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa. SOAWR is supporting the participation of rural women at the African Union summit meetings, and providing grants to ten member organizations across Africa to expand their work with rural women for the advancement of their rights through the introduction of the protocol.
2007$55,0001 year
This grant contributes to Equality Now’s Fund for Grassroots Activism to End Female Genital Mutilation (Anti-FGM Fund). The Anti-FGM Fund was created in 2000 to mobilize and channel resources to grassroots groups in Africa to help end the harmful practice of female genital mutilation. By 2007, the Anti-FGM Fund had provided grants totaling over $1 million to nearly 30 grassroots groups and campaigns in 17 African countries. The Anti-FGM Fund is using this grant to support the work of its community-based partners in East and West Africa.
2007$10,0006 months
This grant enables the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights coalition (SOAWR) to convene a meeting of its members to review progress and update strategies for the ratification and implementation of the Protocol by member states at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa.
2006$105,0002 years
This grant enables the SOAWR coalition to build on the successful ratification of the African Union’s Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa by 15 African countries. SOAWR is promoting its ratification in additional countries and its domestication into national legislation. Specifically, New Field’s grant supports Equality Now’s regional coordination of SOAWR; a meeting of lawyers to strategize how to conduct test cases; preparation of a legal guide; and a grassroots women’s awareness-raising workshop.
2006$3,0006 months
This grant is for SOAWR’s coalition member, The Gambian Committee on Traditional Practices (GAMCOTRAP), to mobilize grassroots women leaders in The Gambia to participate in a non-governmental forum that runs parallel to the African Summit of Heads of States, with a particular focus on the terms of domestication of the Protocol in The Gambia.
2005$30,0001 year
This grant supports the SOAWR coalition to promote the ratification and domestication of the African Union’s Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People's Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa. The Protocol provides a comprehensive legal framework for African women to exercise their rights by eliminating all forms of violence and discrimination against women. Specifically, the grant enables Equality Now’s Africa Regional Office to coordinate SOAWR and to lead awareness-raising efforts.

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