Faiza Jama Mohamed

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Equality Now

Faiza Jama Mohamed is Director of the Africa Regional Office of Equality Now based in Nairobi, Kenya. Equality Now was founded in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world. Working with national human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support their efforts to stop these human rights abuses.

Faiza has led campaigns for women's land rights in Uganda; enforcement of the law prohibiting female genital mutilation in Tanzania; enactment of such a law in Mali; ending rape, abduction and forced marriage in Ethiopia; and ending rape of adolescent girls by teachers in Zambia.

Faiza is a key organizer of Solidarity for African Women's Rights (SOAWR), a pan-African coalition of organizations that successfully campaigned for the adoption of, and is now campaigning for the implementation of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa. Since it was adopted in July 2003, 45 countries have signed the Protocol and 24 have ratified it.

She serves on the Advisory Panel of the African Women's Rights Observatory (AWRO). In 1996, Faiza co-founded the Coalition for Grassroots Women's Organizations in Somalia to bring together women across clan boundaries. Faiza Mohamed has been an effective champion in the struggle to halt violence against women in Africa for 20 years.

Read Faiza's remarks at the 2008 Africa Prize Gala Award Ceremony.