About Us-Africa Indigenous Women Organization
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”. The organization was started by a number of Indigenous Women who attended the conference, in response to the lack of recognition of Indigenous Women’s rights in Africa.
For effective actions and implementations, AIWO is divided into five clusters; Northern, Western, Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. Our target groups are African Indigenous Women throughout the continent and we network with Non-Governmental Organizations, Community-Based Organizations and other partners run by and for the benefit of African Indigenous Women.
Improvement and empowerment of African Indigenous Women’s livelihood
Enhancing and strengthening the capacity of African Indigenous Women through participation, social, economic, political empowerment as well as protection of their rights