This project was implemented by RADI to address discrimination suffered by Senagalese women in relation to inheritance and land ownership. Although women’s equal right to inheritance is recognized in the Constitution, certain interpretations of Muslim laws and customary laws continue to discriminate against women in Senegal. The project was undertaken in the Senegal River Valley, using three strategies: (a) social mobilization, (b) capacity building, and (c) advocacy with decision-makers.
The mission of REDRESS is to obtain justice for survivors of torture; hold accountable governments and individuals who perpetrate torture; and develop a means of ensuring compliance with international standards and securing remedies for victims. They pursue their mission through casework, advocacy, and capacity building. REDRESS has been actively documenting and acting upon the situation in Sudan since 2003. They have a wealth of resources on issues of sexual violence and are part of a joint initiative on criminal law reform in Sudan. They are based in London.
ZWD is a community-based organization working to create sustainable agriculture initiatives for women farmers; prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS; eliminate the practice of FGM; and respond to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Darfur. A special focus of the organization is promoting girls’ education, especially in poor communities, and to provide capacity-building workshops for women leaders. ZWD has offices in Khartoum, Darfur, and El Gedarif as well as in the United States and has UN consultative status.
Founded in 1997, Salmmah’s goals are the establishment of a women's resource centre working on gender related issues and feminist theory in relation to the practices of women today. Salmmah also hopes to create a just society through spreading ideas of feminism, enhancing Women's Human Rights and Gender Equality. Salmmah's target group is women and youth, and it's programmes includes training, documentation and research. The centre provides information skills to women and conducts education on domestic violence and sexuality.
An organisation established to provide legal aid to women and paralegal training program for community leaders. Mutawinat also runs literacy, human rights, and legal rights awareness campaigns; fosters communication between women’s groups in Africa; works to eradicate FGM by developing and implementing new legal and educational strategies; and assists displaced and rural women. The organization also conducts and publishes studies and research concerning women’s development. Samia El-Hashmi is also a WRRC Programme's Women, Inheritance, and Property Rights working group member.
This network seeks for violence against women to be understood as a human rights violation within Senegal; the revision and amendment of laws that are discriminatory to women; the passage of laws that promote gender equality; and women’s increased participation in decision-making processes. The name Siggil Jigeen has much significance within Senegalese ‘culture’; it expresses the promotion of the status of women. ‘Siggil’ means enhance, rehabilitate, promote, defend women, and by extension, the family and society.
GREFELS’ mission is to promote feminist research and campaigning in Senegal. They focus on issues related to citizenship and law reform (including those of family, sexual and reproductive rights of women), laws and cultural norms and religious gender-based violence (including forced marriage, domestic violence, and fundamentalisms), trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and girls, and female migration. GREFELS is also the WLUML RCO-AME.
The Committee’s aim is to eradicate all forms of violence against women and children (sexual, physical, moral, forced and early marriages, trafficking, sexual exploitaion, etc.). They also work to support women and children victions of violence (through their own counselling centre), as well as monitor that laws are enforced. They hold informative talks and training seminars, as well as annual/bi-annual conferences with, for example, priests, Islamic scholars, sociologists, and laywers.
APROFES works to promote women’s rights; women’s access to resources; women’s participation in decision-making; poverty reduction; and fight violence against women within the framework of women’s rights as human rights. They work with local women’s groups, women’s victims of violence, and women leaders and entrepreneurs; they have a people-centred advocacy response anchored in the community, where it can have more widespread and long-lasting effects.