20 years ago, 189 countries adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a visionary roadmap for women’s rights and empowerment. Much has been achieved since then, but much more needs to be done and can be done, a world in which gender equality is a reality.
‘We Have Rights Too’ is AU Watch’s gender-based policy, advocacy, research, think-and-do tank on and about the African woman. ‘We Have Rights Too’ monitors the AU gender institutions by the standard of the Constitutive Act and the standards of the legal instruments of its various institutions. It challenges and holds to account the AU and States Parties to the Constitutive Act to live up to those standards and ideals on gender they have set for themselves. It serves as a promoting, mobilizing, networking, information, advocacy and training platform for African women by building their knowledge, skills, leadership capacities to influence policy and decision making at both the AU, its institutions and its Members. ‘We Have Rights Too’ leads, guides, and coordinates AU Watch’s efforts on gender equality and development in the continent. The program promotes women’s empowerment by promoting the AU’s Agenda 2063 vision, and by advocating and campaigning that AU Member States comply with the AU Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (SDGEA). ‘We Have Rights Too’ works to strengthen the voice, impact and influence of African women’s rights advocates and organizations.
‘We Have Rights Too’ is an integral part of the AU Watch structure with the goal of becoming the definitive source of expert news, information, research and analysis and assistance about gender justice in Africa.
Along our journey, part of our mission has been to contribute in as many ways as possible to “connecting the potential of Africa’s girls and women and to the achievement of Agenda 20163.
Our envisioned destination is to see the African continent realising growth and opportunity for its people, and thriving as a hub for innovation and development across all sectors. We believe that this can only be achieved through smart collaboration and well-informed decision-making.
We are writers, media professionals, teachers, development consultants, expert analysts, academics, researchers, social scientists, strategists, statisticians and editors who share their tremendous passion for gender justice and equality in Africa and who are committed to catalysing courage for girls and women around Africa to live and create courageously.
Our team, coupled with our wealth of knowledge on and experience in gender justice and equality in Africa distinguish us as leaders on women-focused intelligence.At our core is a movement that provides access to conversation, community, and connection.
With headquarters in Banjul, The Gambia and consultants spread across the African continent, ‘We Matter Too’ combines in-country presence and expertise with a holistic understanding of what we as women need to do to achieve equality and gender justice in Africa.
‘We Have Rights Too’ is a leading voice in the regional movement to end inequality, poverty and violence against women and girls. ‘We Matter Too’ envisions an Africa where feminist realities flourish so that everyone can thrive, with dignity, love and respect – an Africa that builds international partnerships that advance laws, values, and practices to create communities where gender equality is a reality, and where all women and girls live a healthy, fulfilling life of self-reliance and dignity, and live free from violence and threats of violence.
We know the inequality faced by ‘the women gender’ and violence cannot be ignored. We understand that it is quite visible and obvious that this unevenness has been the result of a prevalent patriarchal approach for over decades now. We also know it’s possible for inequality, violence against women and hunger to end, and that our generation has the power to end it, in readiness for 2063. In our collective experience, women and girls who live lives of inequality are not the problem. We are the solution. The task at hand work, therefore, is to unlock our capacity, creativity and leadership so that we can end inequality, poverty and violence against women. ‘We Have Rights Too ’ empowers women and men to understand that Agenda 2063 is not achievable if half of its population are living in poverty and unequal lives.
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‘WeHave Rights Too’ is constantly on the lookout for new writers, development consultants, researchers, research assistants, analysts, interns, editors and students’ volunteers to join our team.