Generation Initiative for Women and Youth Network (GIWYN)
Generation Initiative for Women and Youth Network (GIWYN) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation based in Nigeria.
GIWYN’s work is based on the principle that every woman and youth has the right to the highest standard of living, safe reproductive choices, high quality health care, and an enabling environment that promotes their fundamental human, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
GIWYN established the MS Rosy Hotline and is a founding member of the MAMA Network, a regional collective of SRHR hotline providers. The Network is active across Africa, sharing evidence-based and stigma-free information about self-managed medical abortion and SRHR directly with women at the community level. The hotlines share best practices and training support between members.
GIWYN are a leader in the National Coalition for Reproductive Justice in Nigeria to improve access to SRHR, especially access to safe abortion. They lead community trainings in Nigeria and Cameroon on safe abortion.
The Centre for Solutions Journalism (CSJ)
The Centre for Solutions Journalism (CSJ) is a non-profit human rights media organisation based in Malawi. Their mission is to promote enjoyment of human rights amongst Malawians from all backgrounds. CSJ promotes human rights through media advocacy, civic education, community outreach programmes and stakeholder engagement.
CSJ advocates for the right to safe abortion access in Malawi in partnership with other members of the Coalition for the Prevention of Unsafe Abortion. Over the past year, CSJ has mobilised a network of pro-choice religious leaders to act as allies in advocating for the adoption of the Termination of Pregnancy (ToP) Act. As an influential media partner, CSJ produces newspaper articles and broadcast television programs aimed at educating the public about the ToP bill, as well as sharing the views of religious allies.
Réseau d'Afrique Centrale pour la Santé Reproductive des Femmes (GCG)
Le Réseau D'Afrique Centrale pour la Santé Reproductive des Femmes (GCG) advances access to reproductive rights for women and girls in Gabon and Cameroon
Since 2008, GCG has been involved in reducing maternal mortality by training providers in post-abortion care in rural areas (across 3 borders of Gabon, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea) as well as in major cities (Douala, Ebolowa, Libreville, Lambaréné). They promote the importance of sexual agency, encouraging women and youth to take a stand for their rights. Their work strengthens access to reproductive health and rights through discussion groups, radio animations and school visits. They specialise in collecting data on the ground to raise awareness about the realities of young women's and girls' reproductive health choices.
Nifin'Akanga is a pro-choice feminist movement working against eliminating all forms of violence against women, advocating first and foremost for the decriminalisation of abortion in Madagascar.
The legislation in force in Madagascar prohibits abortion under any circumstances. Women are forced to have illegal abortions in unsafe conditions, leading to disastrous consequences for their health. The penalisation of abortion constitutes a violence against women.
Nifin'Akanga advocates for the decriminalisation of abortion, particularly for therapeutic or medical reasons, in cases of rape or incest. This advocacy work is accompanied by actions of awareness raising and information for behaviour change to stop the stigmatisation of women who seek abortion services. These two actions are done together because they are the first step in the fight for access to safe abortion.
Nifin'Akanga recently conducted a study on the reality of clandestine abortion practices in Madagascar to highlight the impacts of the restriction on access to safe abortion on Malagasy women and girls.
Nifin'Akanga advocates for:
- Systemic change via legislative amendment or creation, so that abortion is legal in Madagascar by 2023
- Change in society, which should be protective of women and not perpetrators of violence in all its forms
The Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law - Sierra Leone (CARL-SL)
The Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law - Sierra Leone (CARL-SL) is an independent local organisation of human rights and civil society activists committed to promoting human rights through accountability and effective administration of the rule of law.
CARL is an active and leading player in the nationwide advocacy efforts for ensuring the realisation of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) among vulnerable sections of the population in Sierra Leone. CARL is the secretariat for the main SRHR advocacy coalition in Sierra Leone, the People’s Alliance for Reproductive Health Advocacy (PARHA). PARHA is currently leading the campaign on the proposed “Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health (SMRH) Bill", which decriminalises abortion.