Dignity and change for African women and girls

FORWARD (Foundation of Women's Health Research and Development) is the African women-led women's rights organisation working to end violence against women and girls.

About us



TuWezeshe Akina Dada, Swahili for ‘empowering our sisters’, is our feminist leadership programme seeking to inspire a generation of young African women to engage in the civil and political spheres and galvanise collective action against all forms of violence against women and girls. It aims to increase their visibility and capacity to shape decisions about their rights and freedoms.

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FGM in Europe

FORWARD and FGM European Network are pleased to launch our new peer research examining young African diaspora women’s views, experiences and activism on FGM in Europe. The study explores young women’s opinions and experiences of FGM, support services and legal frameworks. It also examines the opportunities and challenges facing young diaspora women in engaging in activism against FGM in Europe.

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2021-2022 Annual Report

We're pleased to launch our latest annual report for 2021 – 2022: ‘Championing the Rights of African Women and Girls’! Over the past two years, we have continued to make incredible progress in our work. From the inspiring achievements of our TuWezeshe fellows and delivering professionals’ training online, to working with partners to change the law on child marriage and partnering with UNFPA to tackle VAWG – we have not relented in fighting for the people who rely on us.


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Our Impact


Students taught about their body and rights in UK schools since 2015.


Professionals trained on how to safeguard women and girls affected or at risk of FGM, since 2015


School girls and boys mobilised in Africa to know their rights and fight violence against women and girls in their schools and their communities.

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Celebrate 35+ years of FORWARD

On Black History Month 2023, we proudly launch our new film to celebrate 35+ years of FORWARD milestones. Each achievement symbolises the legacy of black herstory & resilience of diaspora activists in fighting for human rights!

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Support our vision of the day when African girls and women will live in dignity, are healthy, have choices and enjoy equal rights, free from fear of violence.


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