FORWARD (Foundation for Women's Health Research and Development) is committed to gender equality and safeguarding the rights of African girls and women.
We are a leading African diaspora women’s campaign and support organisation. We work through partnerships in the UK, Europe and Africa to transform lives, tackling discriminatory practices that affect the dignity and wellbeing of girls and women. Our focus is on female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage and obstetric fistula.
The 23rd of June 2016 was International Widow’s Day, in this article Thompson Reuter’s looks at how widow rituals in Africa are causing the spread of disease, with comments from FORWARD on the violation of women’s rights which underpin the rituals. From Cleaning Corpses to Sex with Strangers, Widow Rituals Fuel Disease in Africa http://news.trust.org/item/20160622000428-qy6uw/?source=hpHeadlineStory
May 23rd marked the United Nations International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. This condition is not well known in Europe and the US where it has been virtually eradicated for over a hundred years. However, it is estimated that more than 2 million women live with untreated obstetric fistula in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia and […]