On Wednesday 8th February, 2017 UAF-Africa hosted a robust and landmark women’s rights oriented tweet-a-thon with the hashtag #UrgentAction4Women. The tweet-a-thon’s main objectives were:
- To establish from the Fund’s social media constituency and beyond, the urgent issues impacting women in Africa that require immediate attention, action and response.
- To contribute to the process of shining the light on a platform where African women from across a broad spectrum collectively wove their dreams, frustrations, hopes, fears, dilemmas, challenged each other, interrogated patriarchal structures and systems while celebrating achievements the movement has recorded and consciously determined the next steps.
The platform provided an opportunity to bring together African women from across different social movements to share with UAF-Africa and other interested parties what immediate human rights issues women are excited about as well as grappling with. The tweet-a-thon provided a space to invigorate discussions that are happening at global, national and local levels, exploring issues and experiences affecting African women across various contexts. The discussions explored events and phenomena that are shaping discourse; the way we think, the way we act and the way we perceive the future with regards women’s human rights. Successfully, the tweetathon brought together women’s rights activists; feminists engaged with gender, socio-political, economic and environmental justice from across Africa to interrogate the human rights issues African women are grappling with and further explore ways to pivot our support (as a Fund) to women’s specific struggles.