WLSA (Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Education Trust) is a regional non-governmental organisation (NGO) that conducts research about women’s human rights in seven countries of Southern Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. WLSA thus defines its vision as a society with social justice and equality, and is committed to defending human rights in general.
The Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA) was founded in 1989 by a professional group of women lawyers who felt there was a need for an organization that could promote equal rights by focusing on vulnerable and marginalised groups, especially women and children.
SARPN is a non-profit organisation that promotes debate and knowledge sharing on poverty reduction processes and experiences in Southern Africa. SARPN aims to contribute towards effective reduction of poverty in the countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) through creating platforms for effective pro-poor policy, strategy and practice. SARPN has regional themes about women and land property rights.
The Rural Hub (Le Hub Rural) is an independent quaternary organization funded by several partners (EU, MAE, IFAD UNIFEM). It operates in a complex institutional environment where multiple power relations are at play and aims to help actors in West and Central Africa (states, intergovernmental and civil society organizations and development partners) to harmonise rural policies and programmes.
Zamfara is the first State to implement full shariah Legal System in Nigeria, thereby occupying a strategically important position in the Political Systems of the predominantly Muslim North of Nigeria . Although Islam guarantees rights of women, in practice, women are deprived of their sexuality rights and in some cases subjected to unjust disadvantages in the name of ‘shariah’.
CEADER’s organizational goal is to increase women’s capacity to overcome poverty and increase their participation in development activity. CEADER works to promote and protect economic and social rights. The right to health, including reproductive and sexual rights and other components of health care are categorized under economic and social rights. Furthermore, CEADER’s projects in slum communities seek to address sexuality and reproductive issues amongst slum.
Environmental and human rights NGO based in Nairobi, Kenya, is a member of ESCR-Net and the Habitat International Coalition. Mazingira has a very useful publication database that is searchable by subjects such as gender and land. The concern of Mazingira Institute is for the realization of human dignity and empowerment of everyone - women, men and children and for ecological integrity everywhere.
The overall objective of the network is to advance women’s property and inheritance rights in the context of HIV and AIDS in Eastern and Southern Africa through the sharing of information, experiences and strategies by legal practitioners and human rights activists. Specific objectives of the network are:
Law and Sharia Consultants is a consultancy group based in Cape Town, South Africa. Apart from promoting the research of various issues pertaining to the application of Muslim Personal Law in South Africa, this website also highlights the services it offers and acts as a resource for our outreach initiatives.