Buwa! Issue X

The 10th issue of BUWA! is focusing on Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs). Across the globe, continent and much more recently in southern Africa, there are increased reports of political violence, arbitrary detentions, systematic attacks on human rights and pro-democracy activists. We are alive to the fact that while all HRDS have increasingly faced tougher operating conditions in the past decade, WHRDs have faced even more multiple layers of the brunt in such a context – given the manner in which patriarchy often colludes with other oppressive systems that characterise the field in which HRDs work.
Buwa! 10, therefore, comes at an opportune time to look back on decades of promoting and defending women’s human rights in Africa. It unpacks the experiences of WHRDs on the continent, highlighting their struggles in a context where civic space is increasingly and systematically closing. The issue unpacks how WHRDs, in particular, have navigated this 70-year-old terrain and the 2 decades of dedicated ‘recognition’ of their commitment to stand in the gap for others. The issue shines the spotlight on WHRDs to understand their struggles, victories and lessons to further shape the terrain in which WHRDs operate.
Join us to celebrate and launch the new issue of BUWA!

Buwa X Launch

This Thursday (30 April), we are launching our journal on African Women’s Experience, #BUWA!

Theme: Women’s Human Rights Defenders in #Africa.

Join us on Facebook from 10:30hrs (Central African Time).

#Buwa #BuwaX #WHRDsInAfrica

Buwa! X Launch (promo video)

Live on facebook #Buwa #BuwaX #WHRDsInAfrica

Multimedia content

Buwa! X: Anthem song

Buwa! X: Jestina Mukoko on defending human rights

Buwa! X: Ellen Matupi on Land Rights (Part 1) 

Buwa! X: Ellen Matupi on Land Rights (Part 2) 

Buwa! X: Jessica Mandanda on defending land rights for small scale women farmers

Meet The Team


Alice Kanengoni

Gender and Women’s Rights Programme Manager

Baanetse Maake

Grants Associate

Delme Cupido

Senior Programme Officer: Indigenous People’s Rights

Lionel Percy Masigo

Senior Grants and Partnerships Manager

Velaphi Mamba

Education Programme Manager

Percy Makombe

Natural Resource Governance Programme Manager

Sipho Malunga

Executive Director

T. Benedict Komeke

Democracy and Governance Programme Associate