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[16days_discussion] WOZA Founder Williams Receives French Order of Merit

WRAPA Raising her Voice wraparhvprj at
Wed Nov 30 07:57:03 EST 2011

Dear Friends,

Women's Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) Nigeria joins in congratulating WOZA Founder Jenni Williams on her award. It is indeed gratifying when Gender Activists across the world are recognized and celebrated for their work in promoting women's human rights.

Recently, the 14th of November 2011 marked a milestone in the history of Women Human Rights Activism in Nigeria, two notable Gender Activists; Saudatu Mahdi (Educator & Gender Activists) and Maryam Uwais (Legal Practitioner & Gender Activists) were also honored and conferred with a National Honour- Member of the Federal Republic (MFR).
WRAPA celebrates all three women 

Hadeezah Haruna- Usie

The ‘Raising Her Voice Project’ (RHV) is a portfolio of projects in 17 countries across the world and focuses on improving governance and transparency by recognising and increasing the significant contribution poor women can make to public life and in promoting their own rights. The project employs four approaches to reach its objectives: networking, lobbying and advocacy with poor women activists; working with public/traditional institutions and decision making forums; empowering and building capacity of CSOs. In Africa, RHV project is being implemented in 8 countries including Nigeria with the same goal of strengthening national legislation, adequate budgeting and implementation of the AU Protocol on the Rights of Women through community popularization and advocacy activities. Oxfam GB is supporting Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA) to work with the African Union, the Nigerian Government and CSOs in Nigeria to
 ultimately enable the domestication of the Protocol in Nigeria by 2012.

 From: 16 Days <16days at>
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Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 6:29 PM
Subject: [16days_discussion] WOZA Founder Williams Receives French Order of Merit
The Center for Women's Global Leadership congratulates WOZA Founder and National Coordinator Jenni Williams on being awarded the French National Order of Merit.  Her work exemplifies the spirit and vision of the 16 Days Campaign to end gender-based violence, and to create a more peaceful world.

In her acceptance speech, Ms. WIlliams notes:

"In this harsh economic climate, there is no peace in our homes and women are the punching bag. It is said that sexual harassment is experienced by up to 70 % of women and I am one of the 70%. Women aged 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war, and malaria. This year the theme is From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence against Women."

For information on WOZA, see

Congratulations, Ms. Williams!

-- The 16 Days Team
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign
Center for Women's Global Leadership
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8555
Tel: 1-732-932-8782
Fax: 1-732-932-1180
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