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How Can the U.S. Promote Peace, Security, and Community in Africa?
Penda Mbaye, a program manager with Tostan in Senegal, talks about the important work she and the organization are doing to improve the lives of women and girls through human rights awareness and education.
No Time to Wait! End Child Marriage in Africa.
An infographic poster advocating for an end to child marriage in Africa, from
Mobilizing Action for Women and Girls in West Africa
The report from The Carter Center's Human Rights Defenders Forum hosted by the National Chief Imam of Ghana in Accra, Dec. 7-9, 2015.
A Profile of Alfred Brownell
This story from Northeastern University's School of Law profiles Alfred Brownell, a Distinguished Scholar in Residence in NUSL's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE), and an attendee at the 2018 Human Rights Defenders Forum.
Mobilizing Faith and Changing Social Norms for Women and Girls
This panel will explore how community-led development programs throughout West Africa are successfully engaging whole communities in improving well-being and human rights for women and girls. Specifically, these programs result in the abandonment of female genital cutting, domestic violence, and child marriage through a human rights approach strengthened by the full participation of religious and traditional leaders.
Nurturing Fitrah Foundation
The Nurturing Fitrah Foundation aims to bridge the gap in parental care through seminar, workshop, road shows, health care, caring for the indigents, training, grooming teenagers, skill acquisition, counseling, get-together in festive periods, and other family related issues.
An Interview With Penda Mbaye of Tostan (translation)
Penda Mbaye talks about her work with Tostan and improving human rights for women and girls in West Africa. This is a translation of the original interview conducted in French, available at
How to help survivors of Boko Haram?
Reverend Esther Ibanga talks about what is needed to help the survivors of Boko Haram successfully recover and reintegrate into society.
Should African Countries Decriminalize Prostitution?
South African human rights defender Mickey Meji recommends partial decriminalization of prostitution using the Nordic Model as a means of empowering women and acknowledging that they have destinies beyond their circumstances.
Une Interview avec Penda Mbaye de Tostan
Penda Mbaye parle de son travail avec Tostan et de l'amélioration des droits humains des femmes et des filles en Afrique de l'Ouest. To read an English translation of this interview, go to
How to protect refugees in Kenya and elsewhere?
Jedidah Wakonyo Waruhiu, a member of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, talks about the Somali refugee situation in Kenya and her government's attempts to close the Dadaab camp there, potentially fueling human rights abuses and violent extremism.
How can Boko Haram be defeated in Nigeria?
Fatima Akilu, a Nigerian expert in countering violent extremism, talks about saving a generation of young people from Boko Haram and other terrorist organizations through investments in peace building and counter-radicalization efforts including ideological disengagement, education, and psychological support.
How Does Knowledge of Human Rights Empower Nigerian Women?
Sadiat Onike-Azeez, Women’s Wing Dawah Officer for NASFAT, talks about the relationship between human rights and Islam and how knowledge of their rights helps widows in Nigeria move away from poverty.
Inform Women, Transform Lives
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia is serving as the keynote speaker for The Carter Center’s International Conference on Women and Access to Information, “Inform Women, Transform Lives.” Her lifelong dedication to women’s economic empowerment, her work to advance peace, and her administration’s commitment to transparency and the right of access to information are paramount. President Sirleaf passed the first freedom of information law in West Africa, and it is highly regarded as a well-crafted law and has had some successes in implementation. With her leadership, Liberia became the first country of dedicated programming to advance women’s rights of access to information. Last year at the annual national women’s conference in Monrovia, she launched a high-level multi-stakeholder committee, comprised of her top ministers, and mandated that they work together to develop a more enabling environment for women to exercise the right to information, including serving as champions for women’s rights to information and considering necessary policy and institutional reform to help overcome some of the barriers women face in exercising this fundamental right. #Info4Women
A Conversation with Neema Namadamu
As part of Emory University's 21 Days of Peace, we present a conversation with Neema Namadamu and Emory Student Peace Builders, who will discuss Namadamu’s work to support women and girls’ empowerment in Democratic Republic of Congo and what Emory students are doing to build peace in their local and global communities. Your questions and participation are welcome.
Editorial: Militarism, Conflict and Women’s Activism
Amina Mama and Margo Okazawa-Rey, of Feminist Africa 10 (FA 10), offer a discussion of the unique impact conflict has on women in post-colonial Africa. FA 10 marks the identification of militarism and anti-militarist activism as a key area for feminist strategy and study in the coming years.
A Girl Has Been Born
Eighteen-year-old Amira Zakariah of Ghana shares her poem “A Girl Has Been Born” during the Carter Center’s 2015 Human Rights Defender’s Forum in Accra, Ghana, themed “Mobilizing Faith for Women and Girls." Poetry in Action features poets engaging creatively on contemporary issues of gender, faith, and empowerment.