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The Open Cage

No, no, no, no. You ignored my cries. You moved past my consent. You took away my control.   No, no, no, ...

Feminist foreign policy: for who and by whom?

By Aissa Boodhoo-Leegsma* Knowing the basics Haven’t heard of feminist foreign policy? Here’s the quick version: it’s ...

What Do We Want? Access To Safe And Legal Abortion – When Do We Want It? NOW!

By Surbhi Mahajan* Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights. Period! In the context of understanding human rights, access to ...

International Day of Peace: Africa Working Towards Women’s Rights and a World of Peace

By Alexandra Holker* A very happy International Day of Peace to all!  Each year, the International Day of Peace is observed globally on 21st September. It is a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace around the world. This year, the day’s theme is ‘The Right to Peace – the Universal ...

Article 9 of the Maputo Protocol: African women in politics and decision-making

  By: Surbhi Mahajan and Nikoletta Pikramenou * 1) Why Women’s Political Participation Matters? Any serious conversation about sustainable development in African communities can no longer  afford to negate the significantly critical role women play across different dimensions - economic, ...

European Development Days

By Tandi Pilani The last two days have been really productive. MEWC attended the 2 day convention in Brussels #EDD2018, on 5 and 6 June. The energy and buzz was palpable in the auditoriums and lab debate rooms. People from diverse backgrounds, congregated for one reason, to empower women and girls. It ...

Maputo Protocol Articles 20 and 21: Widows Rights and Rights to Inheritance

By Nina Jerak* This year 2018 marks the 15th anniversary of the Protocol to The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa’, commonly known as the  “Maputo Protocol”. The Maputo Protocol is considered one of the most progressive human rights instruments in ...