Faiza Jama Mohamed has been an active member of the women’s movement in Somalia for over 20 years, beginning in Somaliland in the 1990s. She co-founded the Coalition for Grassroots Women’s Organisations in Somalia in 1996, which promotes peace and gender equality and advocates for women’s rights. Faiza is currently Director of the Africa regional office of Equality Now in Nairobi, which works to document violence and discrimination against women. She is a key organiser of Solidarity for African Women’s Rights, a pan-African coalition that successfully campaigned for the adoption of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa. In 2008 she was awarded the Africa Prize Laureate by The Hunger Project.
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