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Preparations are well underway for 8 March... !

In Botswana, Congo Brazzaville, Mauritania, Senegal and Zimbabwe, the Campaign Focal Points (The Botswana Centre for Human Rights, OCDH, Association mauritanienne des droits de l'Homme, Organisation nationale des droits de l'homme, RADDHO, SWAA Senegal,WILDAF Senegal, WLSA Zimbabwe and Zimrights) will organise actions to mobilise the media (press statements and conferences)

In Burkina Faso, a march in favour of the political participation of women through a quota system is planned for 12 March: "March for Gender". The Focal Points of the Campaign (Mouvement Burkinabe des Droits de l'Homme et des Peuples - MBDHP, WILDAF Burkina Faso and Réseau de Communication d’information et de formation des femmes dans les ONG) are advocating for the adoption of a bill providing for 30% of seats in the General Assembly to be attributed to women. MBDHP will also organise a conference on women's rights in collaboration with unions and other organisations.

In Burundi, the Campaign Focal Points (Ligue Burundaise des Droits de l'Homme, Centre de paix pour Femmes and Dushirehamwe) will participate in a march "Men and Women: United for the Elimination of Violence Against Women" in order to reinforce solidarity between men and women in the struggle to end violence against women, encourage denunciation of such violence and improve assistance and support provided by the state to women victims of sexual violence - health, legal and community services - and advocate for the establishment of appropriate structures at all levels of the legal process: police, prosecutors and courts. The Campaign Declaration will also be sent to the media in order to collect a maximum number of signatures.

In DRC, the Campaign Focal Points (ASADHO, Ligue des Electeurs and Groupe Lotus) will organise a series of awareness raising actions and will participate in a march for women's rights on 8 March.

In Liberia, the Campaign Focal Points (Liberia Watch for Human Rights and Association of Female Lawyers) will participate in an International Colloquim taking place from 7-10 March, at which they will distribute the Campaign Declaration and tools.

In Mali, the Campaign Focal Points (WiLDAF Mali, Association Malienne des Droits de l'Homme), will use the occasion of a march organised by the Ministry for women to collect signatures to the Campaign Declaration from individual, organisations and officials. They will prepare a banner with the message and logo of the Campaign and will take photos of the event to be included on the blog.

In Niger, the Campaign Focal Points (Association Nigérienne des Droits de l'Homme, Coordination des ONG et Associations Féminines Nigériennes, ONG Dimol) will organise a formal meeting with the Ministry on the Promotion of Women in order to integrate the launch of the Campaign into the official programme of the Ministry. They will also organise a round table on women's rights. On 8 March, during cultural events organised by the Ministry on the Promotion of Women and its partners, the Focal Points will distribute the Campaign Declaration and tools.

In Sénégal, the Campaign Focal Points (Organisation nationale des droits de l'homme, RADDHO, SWAA Senegal,WILDAF Senegal) will organise a series of conferences in schools on the themes of the campaign.

In Tanzania, on 8 March, radio and televsion programmes created by the Campaign Focal Point (the Legal and Human Rights Centre - LHRC) will be diffused. LHRC will also participate in a meeting on the Protocol to the African Charter on the Rights of Women in Africa and will take part in a charity walk in Dar es Salaam.

In Togo, the Campaign Focal Points (the Ligue togolaise des droits de l'homme and Wildaf-Togo) have organised a caravan which will through the streets of Lomé, in order to raise public awareness on the message of the Campaign.

Resumes and photos of these events will be available soon.