About Us

The African Indigenous Women’s Organization is a continental-wide Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), whose members are composed of African Indigenous Women representing NGOs, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and other grass-root organizations (who undertake social and economic activities for their own gain).  We work towards the promotion of women’s and indigenous peoples rights which include social, economic and political empowerment in Africa.

African Indigenous Women’s Organization (AIWO) was formed on 24th April, 1998 in Agadir, Morocco. This was after the first African Indigenous Conference held on 20th to 24th April the same year. The conference was initiated by Netherlands Center for Indigenous Peoples and hosted by Tamaynut of Morocco. The theme of the conference was to “Clarify the role of Indigenous Women in Africa as supporters of the Community and to strengthen the Indigenous Cultures and traditions persistence”.

Our Activities

AIWO works directly with indigenous groups from rural areas to address issues in the following areas:

Our Major Programs

Our Vision

Improvement and empowerment of African Indigenous Women’s livelihood

Our Mission

Enhancing and strengthening the capacity of African Indigenous Women through participation, social, economic, political empowerment as well as protection of their rights

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY, 2024, celebrated in Turkana and led by the Turkana County First Day & Women Rep and other ladies.Celebrated in 3 different schools, including Turkana Girls High School, where we supplied the girls with dignity kits and sanitary pads.The function was wrapped up with a Baraza at Lorugum Stadium, where women from all over Turkana County had come together to celebrate the day.


2023 International Women’s Day celebration!

We celebrated international women’s day regionaly.Indigenous women from kenya and Tanzania had a joined celebration at Kilgoris Narok county and more than 600 women attended the event.Digital technology inclusion was the topic of discussion and the women shared more on their involvement in technology innovations.

16Days Of Activism 2022 Campaign

We joined the Indigenous women from Naramam,Kiltamany,Narok ,Marsabit and Transmara during the launch of this campaign.Working together will make it easier to end  any form of violence against women and Girls

2022 International Women’s Day Celebration

“Gender Equality Today For a Sustainable Tomorrow”. Indigenous Women from Naramam,Olorukoti,Ololulunga,Samburu and Marsabit gathered together at Naramam to celebrate International Women’s Day in collaboration with Indigenous Information Network,African Indigenous Women Organization,Madre,Fimi and Indigenous Women Biodiversity Network.

2023 International Womens's Day Celebration

Africa Indigenous Women had an opportuity to celebrate International women’s Day across Africa.Women from West,Central and East Africa had successful event which attracted over 1000 indigenous women.Women were able to learn more on importance of digital inclusivity and remaining well conversant with any technology innovation.Also they discussed issues to do with Online-based violence against Women and girls.

COP 27 Participation

Indigenous Women are on frontlines of climate change and cross cutting issues from climate mitigation and adaptation to resilience,action and justice
Indigenous Women are on frontlines of climate change and cross cutting issues from climate mitigation and adaptation to resilience,action and justice
Indigenous Women from different regions in Africa sharing their Climate change impact stories during COP27 Meeting
Indigenous women from different regions in Africa sharing their climate change impact stories

16 Days of Activism 2022 “UNiTE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”.

Women and Girls learning about health issues on World Aids Day and getting enlightened on Gender based violence
Indigenous Women from Olorukoti resource centre,Kilgoris pushing forward the agenda to end violence against women and Girls
Naramam women Group during the launch of 16 days of activism in West Pokot County

What people say?

The girls during the past viva training reported that so far they feel that fights against FGM is almost won.This is because of regular trainings that have empowered them and can stand to say no if someone raises issues about taking them through FGM. There arouse a challenge that there are arising cases of married women who are being forced by their spouses to undergo FGM.This is a small percentage as per now .Generally the girls are happy that they have enough knowledge and courage to stand and say No to FGM.
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