The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) is a civil society coalition bringing together grassroots women’s rights organizations from Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Somaliland, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Uganda. It was established in 1995 by a group of women’s rights activists, with the view of strengthening the capacity of women’s rights organizations to combat all forms of violence against women and girls.
SIHA aims to contribute to unlocking the massive potential of women’s rights movements in the HoA, by improving the capacity of local organisations in the HoA and to build a strong network of grassroots civil society members that are able to interact and support one another in advocating for effective change. SIHA operates as a regional platform for the mobilization of activists, vulnerable and marginalized groups of women, men, and girls to harness resources that include, but are not limited to knowledge and information, capacity building and financial support aimed at challenging the root causes of problems and challenges faced by women and girls in the Horn of Africa Region.
Through direct engagement on project implementation, we seek to better connect our members and work with them see the common themes that exist in their work. In this way, SIHA works through and in support of its local grassroots members in campaigning and advocacy for women rights to enhance the capacity of grassroots women rights activists and community leaders
All women and girls in the Horn of Africa have the right to live in a peaceful, just environment and that they are able to exercise their equal rights as human beings.
Geographical Locations of work
SIHA is a non-profit organization with a Regional Secretariat Office based in Kampala, Uganda and additional offices in Khartoum, Sudan and Wau, South Sudan. SIHA is hosted by Somali Women Development Center (SWDC) in Mogadishu, Somalia, the Union of Ethiopian Women Charitable Association (UEWCA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Women Action for Advocacy and Progress Organization (WAAPO) in Hargeisa, Somaliland.
As a regional platform for activists on gender equality and women’s human rights in the Horn of Africa, SIHA has a unique role of being one of the few indigenous networks run by Civil Society from across the region. At SIHA, we are very keen on further maintaining our work to support education on effective campaigning and lobbying across regional and international platforms using collective and coordinated approaches to create both powerful and sustainable social change in the Horn of Africa.