Project Title: State Of The African Woman Campaign (SOAW)

The State of African Women Campaign is a 3-year advocacy, communication and awareness raising project.

YWCA Kenya is the lead focal organization for 16 Mas: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Lesotho, Liberia, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Benin, Burkina Faso, Malawi.

A total of 32 Young women champions below the age of 25 yrs have been identified to lead the project.


"State of the African Woman" project is to contribute to securing, realizing and extending women's rights enshrined in African Union policies in Sub-Saharan African countries.


  • To influence legal and social norms on women’s rights through greater transparency and public pressure on duty bearers
  • To hold decision makers to account for their policy commitments on women’s rights through a stronger civil society voice and meaningful participation in decision making

The Approach

Key Activities:

  1. Meetings with African decision makers in one on one meetings, during technical working group meetings
  2. Technical assistance to CSOs for their inclusion into national delegations to the African Union and regional economic communities
  3. Advocacy to get observer status of RECs and participation in the preparation of technical documents and participate in statutory Ministerial meetings:
  4. Provision of on-demand technical assistance to decision makers when drafting new policies and programs, organizing national and international conferences:
  5. Training of  YW champions  in advocacy and in the use of campaign materials
  6. Provision of support supervision to champions in carrying out national campaign actions
  7. Carry out advocacy events
  8. Participate in nominating champions to be recognized and awarded