Eastern Africa Region
Meet the Regional Advocacy Caucus Leaders
East Africa Regional Caucus
Faridah Luyiga Mwanje of the White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) in Uganda is leading the East Africa Regional Caucus. Learn more about her, her passion for advocacy, and what you can expect from the caucus.
Faridah Luyiga Mwanje
Faridah Luyiga Mwanje serves as the Communications Officer for WRA Uganda. While she has an extensive background in journalism and mass-communications that helps her hone the organization’s messages on women and girls’ health, it was a personal tragedy that inspired her passion. In 2013, Faridah’s sister, who was also a maternal health advocate, died during childbirth in a Uganda hospital. Faridah has worked tirelessly since that time to speak out for women and children, most recently organizing citizens’ hearings on government accountability across Uganda that brought ordinary citizens together with politicians and civil society to discuss why and how the country should support reproductive, maternal, and child health. Last year, Faridah handed UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon a letter of recommendations from citizens around the world for the updated Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s & Adolescent’s Health.
“When she died in childbirth, my sister became one of the statistics that she often cited to emphasize the tragedy of maternal deaths. None of us can calculate the value of the lives of girls and mothers lost during pregnancy, childbirth, and afterwards. Only our many orphans, widowers and close family members know the true cost of a mother lost and they will tell you that these lives are priceless. We must now convince governments to make the investments to prevent these deaths. Our mothers and children have a right to this investment.”
What you can expect at the caucus:
The East Africa Regional Caucus will focus on citizen-led action for the health and rights of women and girls. The caucus is an opportunity for participants to learn how they can urge their governments to fulfill their commitments to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health, and invest resources to save the lives of women, girls, and children who die every day due to preventable deaths.