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The African Women’s Welfare Association (AWWA) is a charity working with disadvantaged and marginalised African women and children in the UK. Since 1985, the organisation has provided vital frontline support to women under trauma related to bereavement, homelessness, mental ill health in the family, separation, domestic violence and immigration matters.

Many governments have pledged to promote women and children’s rights and to place women and children at the heart of their development however many African women and children continue to face unique problems in today's society. They are largely unheard and lack influence yet:

  • Women's rights begin with the girl-child, who must be protected against discrimination, ill health, malnutrition, violence (which includes female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and exploitation.
  • Women's empowerment requires a higher rate of involvement in governance and decision-making
  • The rate of HIV/AIDS infection is much higher among women than men and in this regard, the vulnerability of women and girls needs to be addressed as well as ensured access to anti-retroviral treatment
  • To provide accessible sexual and reproductive healthcare services and education to reduce maternal mortality.
  • There is need to boost women and girls' access to education and training programmes, particularly in mathematics, science and technology
  • Women and children are the main victims of war and conflict, so governments should ensure that measures are in place to ensure the role and rights of women during the negotiation, transition and reconstruction phases.
  • Greater efforts need to be deployed to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment through innovative rights based and culturally sensitive programmes (men and boys must be involved in these efforts)

AWWA wants a space and platform on which all women can make informed choices about their lives. We run projects that support and campaign with them to address the inequality and discrimination they face.