Our Story

All women and girls in the Horn of Africa have the right to live in a peaceful, just environment & that they are able to exercise their equal rights as human beings. The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) is a network of civil society organizations from Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Somali-land, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti and Uganda. Established in 1995 by a coalition of women’s rights activists with the aim of strengthening learning within civil society organizations that address and challenge women’s subordination and violence against women and girls in the Horn of Africa. SIHA is steadily growing, currently standing at 136 member organizations across the region.

Our Values

SIHA’s values is an acknowledgement of our resilient journey over the years.

  • Equality
  • Solidarity
  • Ethical
  • Diligence
  • Transparency
  • Humility
  • Resilience
  • Critical-thinking
  • Discipline
  • Courageous
  • Integral
  • Empathy
  • Collectiveness
  • Determination
  • Rationality
  • Diversity
  • Innovation
  • Democracy
  • Learning
  • Self-critical

Our Aim

SIHA aims to contribute to unlocking the massive potential of the women’s rights movement in the HoA, by strengthening the learning of civil society organizations to build a strong collective that advocates for systemic change. In this way, SIHA works through, and in support of broad coalitions of grass-root members to campaign and advocate for women rights and equality.

Our Vision

SIHA envisions women and girls in the HoA with the right to live in a peaceful, just environment and the ability to exercise their equal rights as human beings. As a sub-regional network of women’s human rights and gender equality activists, SIHA is in a unique position to move this vision forward as one of very few indigenous coalitions born and nurtured inside the Horn. Strong ties and connections with women and their communities drive SIHA’s work across the region. After more than 20 years of working to advance women’s human rights in highly patriarchal contexts frequently characterized by insecurity, SIHA’s expertise is rooted in its familiarity with the sociopolitical situations around the Horn and the grassroots work of its members. SIHA’s membership continues to grow steadily, evidencing SIHA’s enduring relevance and effectiveness, and the ongoing urgency of advancing women’s human rights in the region.

Breaking the Silence.

Sexual harassment in the workplace in Sudan.