women

Fighting for the Women Who Fight for Us

  Sometimes, the women who fight for us, need other women to fight for them. I wondered what it must be like to be buying water to quench your thirst and your entire world changed. The news articles stated that you were buying water when you were arrested. I wondered what made you step out […]

Our Personal Lives Matter (A Letter for Yara)

July 16, 2014   Dear habibty Yara, It’s Nelly Bassily here. Yara, first, I’m sending you lots and lots of solidarity and love from Canada! Habibty, you have to be one of the strongest and most amazing young feminists I have the pleasure and honour to call a friend in Egypt. When I first saw […]

Celebrate Women, Celebrate!

By Patrice Juah   For so long, we were torn apart Our voices were buried in the cold dark earth, Our songs were cries and our rain, tears. We were silenced and banned from speaking our truths. Hate towards each other burdened us, as fear crippled us. We were blinded by lies that tore our […]

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 […]

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 […]

Uganda Women’s Network update on Youth Minister’s utterance on Rape

In the Daily Monitor of 24th September 2013, Youth Affairs Minister Ronald Kibuule went on record with the notion that women dressed indecently have asked to be raped and suspects who have raped such women should be released. To quote the newspaper he said “If she is dressed poorly and is raped, no one should […]

Victims and Heroes: Nuba Women Struggle in Two Years of War

Nuba women struggle with the current war took several forms. There is the day by day struggle of Nuba women inside the conflict areas, where women living in caves and feeding their children insects and trees leaves, while risking their lives to take long journies to search for clean water and fire woods, the other […]

Promoting opportunities for the emergence of the First Female Chief Judge of Osun State

FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE:  Promoting opportunities for the emergence of the First Female Chief Judge of Osun State The Nigerian Feminist Forum (NFF) calls on his Excellency, Governor Rauf Aregbesola Governor of Osun State to apply the principles of gender equality and fairness to protect women’s human rights within Osun State. Two female judges, Hon. […]

Solidarity statement Against the Killings of Women, Children, and other Civilians in Cote d’Ivoire’ presented to Heads of States of ECOWAS 23 March 2011

His Excellency, President of the Authority of Heads of States and Government of the ECOWAS, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Commander in Chief of Armed Forces, Your Excellencies, Heads of State and Government of the ECOWAS member states, His Excellency, the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations Distinguished Ladies […]