|At the Emmeline Pankhurst statue with Seema Malhotra MP|
“Dalit women are doubly discriminated against in political parties – Dalit forums are run by Dalit men, and women’s wings of parties are run by ‘high-caste’ women."
“to be a leader, it starts at family level, and then changes happen at community level.”
“we need to find space for women to speak about the issues that affect them, even when it’s difficult."
“Nothing for us, without us."
- Afghanistan: Afghan Women Resource Centre (AWRC)
university faculty board wanted to recruit Maryam as assistant to a professor but only on the condition that she left AWRC. Maryam refused as she wanted to continue helping women.
- Malawi: National Women’s Lobby Group (NAWOLG)
Partners attending: Faustace Chirwa, Founder/Executive Director. A gender and women’s rights activist for 17 years, Faustace continues to promote women’s participation in the socio-economic development of Malawi and in political decision making.
And Atupele Chirwa, Acting Executive Director. Atupele started off volunteering with NAWOLG in 2003 and is now acting Executive Director. She focuses on sexual reproductive health and rights issues of young people in Malawi.
- Nepal: Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO)
“There used to be no Dalit women in positions of power. Now 25 Dalit women have been
elected as members of the Constituent Assembly and this is one my happiest achievements”.
- Zambia: National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL)
- Zimbabwe: Women in Politics Support Unit (WiPSU)
They led teams of reporters capturing the views of citizens across the country.
- Ghana: Women in Law and Development in Africa (WiLDAF)
And Frank Bodza, Programme Manager for Governance (Ghana). Frank has more than nine years’ experience in both local and national governance; having worked with an MP for four years prior to joining WiLDAF in 2005. He is a gender and human rights activist who had carried out numerous public education programmes on women’s rights issues. He is experienced in capacity-building, mobilization, networking and coalition-building and was part of groups that observed the December 2012 general elections in Ghana. He is married with two children.
- Ghana: The Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre (GSHRDC)
- On work to end the practice of ‘widow inheritance’ read this piece here.
- Kenya: Center for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW)
|Dorcas Coker Appiah|