Arab Region & Africa – Karama – Wa’ed Network for Adolescent Girls
Date: October 21, 2022
2022 – Karama is proud to announce the launch of the Wa’ed network led by and for adolescent girls in Africa and the Arab region.
As its name suggests, Wa’ed is a solemn promise and a commitment from the girls who founded the network to each other, to themselves, and to the wider community.
It also represents a commitment from Karama to support the work of the Wa’ed network. Through Wa’ed, we aim to provide a safe space for girls, one in which they can connect with peers across the region, expand their knowledge and build their advocacy skills. It will be a platform from which girls can contribute to and participate in regional and international processes in the region where decisions are made that affect them.
The Wa’ed network emerged from the Karama Initiative for Adolescent Girls. Supporting projects with adolescent girls in 12 countries in Africa and the Arab region, it made clear that the participating girls wanted to develop and lead their own network for peers across the region.
Karama has over 15 years of experience in supporting women’s activism in the region. We were founded with the knowledge that in order to be successful and sustainable, activist movements must be built from the ground up, with leadership coming from within the community. Activists in Karama’s network have secured vital progress for the rights of women and girls in the region, and in the efforts for peace and justice.
Karama’s support for the girls of the Wa’ed network applies all the lessons we have drawn from our experience, placing it in the hands of adolescent girls across Africa and the Arab region. We hope that Wa’ed will offer the same level of moral, practical and collective support that Karama has offered to its members over the years.