Akina Mama Wa Afrika (AMwA) is a pan-African organization that creates spaces for African women to network, organize, and mobilize around women’s rights. With almost thirty years of experience, they build the leadership capacities of African women, advocate for women’s rights, and influence national and international policies that impact women in the region. They work in areas such as women’s economic justice, violence against women, sexual and reproductive health rights, and women in politics and decision-making.
The MATCH International Women’s Fund is supporting AMwA to build the capacity of community women’s organizations in the Great Lakes Region to engage in mediation and peace building efforts with a strong participation. Women leaders have been traditionally excluded from decision-making in these conflict and post-conflict areas, which results in women’s concerns like gender based violence and sexual and reproductive rights not being taken seriously. Akina Mama Wa Afrika therefore supports these organizations to ensure that women’s unique needs and priorities are incorporated into new laws, policies, and resource allocations during these critical periods of rebuilding.
In Bangladesh, support for victims of sexual violence and projects that enhance survivors’ voices and political participation are chronically underfunded. With a grant secured by The MATCH International Women’s Fund, the BWF engaged in two initiatives that addressed these challenges. The BWF worked with grassroots organizations in providing training to police officers and journalists on issues related to violence against women. The BWF also supported select grantees to host workshops for youth and victims of sexual violence to raise women’s awareness of their rights. Additionally, the BWF supported the capacity-building of young women leaders to increase their political participation and representation.
WUSC has worked in Sri Lanka for more than 25 years, engaging with the government, private sector, educational institutions, and workers to improve employment opportunities and working conditions for Sri Lankans. Through this initiative WUSC continued to build its capacity to more substantively integrate a women’s rights and gender perspective into its work.