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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
- 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
- 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
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.