SIHA has at the core of its mandate an obligation to act as an advocate for WHRDs throughout the Greater Horn of Africa. SIHA will continue to engage with women community leaders, activists and human rights defenders to contribute to their skills development, protection, and promoting their roles inside the countries and communities in which they work. As the backlash against human rights discourse continues, and as space for civil society and rights-based approaches continues to shrink in so many countries across the Greater Horn region, SIHA’s solidarity will help sustain the work of WHRDs. Strategically, SIHA will work to influence and enhance the work of WHRDs and activists on the ground, lending institutional collaboration to their efforts against cycles of violence, bad governance, poor democratic practices, and criminalization or subordination of women and girls in public and private realms. Specifically, SIHA works to sustain acts of activism for women’s rights by creating a platform for diverse generations and backgrounds of WHRDs to share knowledge and reinforce each other. SIHA strives to strengthen WHRDs’ abilities and improve available protection mechanisms for them such as support services, legal aid, psychosocial counseling, and training opportunities. SIHA supports WHRDs and activists to develop counter-actions against beliefs and practices that seek to violate women’s rights by availing opportunities for them to develop interventions to strengthen their positions inside their communities. SIHA’s ability to create linkages between local WHRDs and activists across the region and to furnish them with pathways to elevate their movements is sustained by SIHA’s continued documentation, monitoring, and engagement on regional and international levels in the Greater Horn countries.

SIHA has at the core of its mandate an obligation to act as an advocate for WHRDs throughout the Greater Horn of Africa. SIHA will continue to engage with women community leaders, activists and human rights defenders to contribute to their skills development, protection, and promoting their roles inside the countries and communities in which they work. As the backlash against human rights discourse continues, and as space for civil society and rights-based approaches continues to shrink in so many countries across the Greater Horn region, SIHA’s solidarity will help sustain the work of WHRDs. Strategically, SIHA will work to influence and enhance the work of WHRDs and activists on the ground, lending institutional collaboration to their efforts against cycles of violence, bad governance, poor democratic practices, and criminalization or subordination of women and girls in public and private realms. Specifically, SIHA works to sustain acts of activism for women’s rights by creating a platform for diverse generations and backgrounds of WHRDs to share knowledge and reinforce each other. SIHA strives to strengthen WHRDs’ abilities and improve available protection mechanisms for them such as support services, legal aid, psychosocial counseling, and training opportunities. SIHA supports WHRDs and activists to develop counter-actions against beliefs and practices that seek to violate women’s rights by availing opportunities for them to develop interventions to strengthen their positions inside their communities. SIHA’s ability to create linkages between local WHRDs and activists across the region and to furnish them with pathways to elevate their movements is sustained by SIHA’s continued documentation, monitoring, and engagement on regional and international levels in the Greater Horn countries.

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