One of the outcomes of the workshop on Women’s Access to Land, organized by the International development Research Center (IDRC) and Dimitra in Mbour in 2008 is the establishment of an ambitious action research programme designed to improve and safeguard women’s access to land in Senegal. It is being coordinated by the Group d Recherche Action Sur le Foncier au Senegal (GRAFOSEN – Senegal Land Action Research Group). This initiative aims at creating close cooperation between all actors on the land issue and to establish a platform for actors.
The AGI’s Strengthening Gender and Women’s Studies for Africa’s Transformation (GWS Africa) Project pursues the Institute’s mission by developing and disseminating intellectual resources, and supporting intellectual dialogue and networking. The project set out to strengthen African-based teaching and research in gender studies by bringing together teachers and researchers in African universities in a series of strategic training, research and publishing activities.
Famafrique a été créé en 1999 par ENDA-SYNFEV (Environnement et Développement du Tiers-Monde, Synergie Genre et Développement , Dakar (Sénégal), dans le cadre du projet "Inforoutes au féminin pour l'Afrique francophone" mené avec le soutien du Fonds Francophone des Inforoutes (Agence Internationale de la Francophonie). C'est un site web qui offre de l'information à l'intention des femmes d'Afrique francophone actives pour promouvoir le développement durable et l'égalité des relations de genre.
EASSI is a collaboration between individuals, NGOs, coalitions and networks in the Eastern Africa sub region committed to the advancement of women. EASSI covers eight countries of: Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. EASSI prioritized the 12 critical areas of concern for women of the Beijing and African (PFAs). The founding principle of EASSI was to stimulate activism at national, regional and international levels and to make concrete and meaningful change for the women of the sub-region. It was expected EASSI would enhance national and regional processes.
BAOBAB For Women's Human Rights is a not for profit, non-governmental women's human rights organization, which focuses on women's legal rights issues under the three (3) systems of law - customary, statutory and religious laws in Nigeria. The organization evolved from an ad hoc group of activists, social scientists, lawyers, and specialists in Muslim laws and Arabic who were responsible for executing the Women and Laws Nigeria project, under the auspices of the International Solidarity Network of Women Living Under Muslim Laws from 1993 to 1996.
In addition to teaching and research, the African Gender Institute has several projects running that complement the teaching of GWS in tertiary institutions throughout the African continent. Some of Institutes’ projects include the publication of the only continental and Afrocentric bi-annual journal (the Feminist Africa journal) and the hosting of a resource-rich online portal for teaching GWS in Africa (GWS Africa).
Muthoni Wanyeki is a political scientist who works on development communications, gender and human rights and has published in these fields. She currently works as the Executive Director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), a national, non-governmental organisation that works to promote all human rights of all Kenyans through research and advocacy as well as civic action.
This project, implemented by Mutawinat Benevolent Company(Mutawinat), sought to secure inheritance rights of Muslim women, which are generally denied in customary practice, even though their rights are recognised in Muslim laws. The project addressed the lack of public awareness of such rights and the stigmatisation of women who demand their inheritance.
Mutawinat adopted a strategy that included the following aspects: