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Messages, Poems & Prayers of Solidarity with Women Human Rights Defenders, from Southern African feminists and activists

Messages, Poems & Prayers of Solidarity with Women Human Rights Defenders, from Southern African feminists and activists Just Associates Southern Africa (JASS SNA) & friends of JASS came together to express our solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Egypt as well as women human rights defenders standing for rights across the African continent and […]

Hope’s Prayer

by Hope Chigudu As we think about our sisters; women rights activists; Yara Sallam and Sanaa Seif as well as 21 others, unjustly imprisoned in Egypt, and other women human rights defenders from across the continent, not forgetting our little ones captured by Boko Haram, and those battling merciless Ebola, we pause to gather our […]

Tribute to You (For Hope Turyasingura, Uganda)

Tribute to You  by Juliet Kushaba My survival depends on the honesty with which I tell of you, on the honesty with which I dare to share about your strength, your passion and love. You were never one to mince words. ‘Every woman must learn to make choices’ You taught the girls and women you […]

Ways to Start Time: Counting Down with Women Human Rights Defenders in Africa

Ways to Start Time: Counting Down with Women Human Rights Defenders in Africa by Alexis Teyie I once thought longing loose: Longing for peace, it’s not criminal. It is not imprecise. It can only be crisp.   More brittle than the yellowing pages of an old book, A book we have read and re-read, Whose faded […]

In Solidarity: A Compendium of African Feminist Voices

This year, in recognition of 16 Days of Activism, the African Feminist Forum will be sharing a series of opinion pieces, letters, poems, prayers, and words of solidarity to our sisters struggling daily to defend the rights of African women. Over the next 16 days we will feature contributions from African feminists from across the […]

Rest in Peace: Hope Turyasingura

The Feminist and Women’s Rights community in Uganda deeply mourns the passing of one of our fiercest activists, Hope Turyasingura. Hope, who was the chairperson of the Centre for Domestic Violence Prevention for many years before becoming a consultant, was also a member of a number of women’s organisations in Uganda, including Action for Development […]

Why Feminism?

I grew up primarily surrounded by women and listened to conversations on women’s issues. I’ve heard many stories on the struggles of womanhood, and I’ve been advised on the need for strength to face the world as a young woman. Learning to appreciate the culture of feminism was almost a choiceless choice to me. In […]

African Feminist Forum Working Group statement in solidarity with women human rights defenders arrested and detained in Cairo

As the African Feminist Forum Working Group we are distressed to hear that nine women human rights defenders were arrested on 21 June 2014 in Cairo after participating in a peaceful protest against the Protest and Public Assembly Law[1]. The nine women are: Yara Sallam, Sanaa Seif, Hanan Mustafa Mohamed, Salwa Mihriz, Samar Ibrahim, Rania […]

A Survival Guide against the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Law

While we earnestly wait for the recently passed Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Law (hereinafter referred to as the SSMPL) to be either reviewed or totally abolished by the Nigerian Law makers, thanks to the effortless moves being made by various Human rights’ organizations; the question that every gay person faces and cannot seem to get […]

Ms Afropolitan interviews Iheoma Obibi

We were really thrilled to see this interview of Iheoma Obibi, a feminist, entrepreneur and steering committee member of the Nigeria Feminist Forum (NFF) on MsAfropolitan, one of our favourite African feminist blogs. In this interview Iheoma shares about the challenges of starting Nigeria’s first online sex shop, Intimate Pleasures: My motivation came after several years […]