Are you ready for the 2024 Borderless Africa Convening?

The Borderless Africa Campaign is a decentralised, people-owned campaign with an aim to push for the free movement of African people and goods in Africa. The overall goal of this campaign is to achieve an Africa where Africans can move around their own continent without the current restrictions in place, for better trade, integration and development. The campaign also seeks to encourage more countries to ratify the African Union’s Protocol on Free Movement of People. 

In view of this, Africans Rising is organizing a 3-day hybrid convening which will provide a platform for dialogue on the benefits of abolishing borders and visas for Africans in Africa and the diaspora. The event date and host country will be communicated soon. 

Other objectives of this convening include:  

  • Bring together CSOs, movements and citizen networks working on free movement to learn from each other’s efforts 
  • Discuss strategies for the ratification and enforcement of the AU protocol on the free movement of people in Africa.

Here is a chance to be featured on Women’s History Month.

Esteemed African women, we are dedicating the entire month of March to honour you even as we celebrate the International Women’s Day on March 8th.

Whether you are an individual, a member of a group, or involved in a movement, we wish to spotlight the impressive work you are undertaking to enhance the lives of African people in the continent or the diaspora. We would like to encourage you to share your profile, field of work, achievements, and pictures with us. We will feature these on our social media and various communication outlets. We are mainly interested in works that foster unity, justice, peace, and the dignity of the African populace. 

Connect with us via email at  / or reach out through WhatsApp No. +233500883672. Let’s join forces to magnify the voices of Africa!

CSOs, Movements & Community groups call on AU to outrightly reject Israel's application as an Observer State to AU

A Pan-African coalition of more than 150 organizations, social movements and community groups from 45 countries in Africa and diaspora have called on the African Union’s member states to reject the application for Observer Status by Israel to the African Union at its upcoming Summit in Addis Ababa this weekend. The letter acts as a tool to pressure the government of Israel to amend its approach in Gaza in line with provisional measures outlined by the ICJ ruling.

The letter has already been sent to all the member states in the African Union – including the AU Chairperson, Moussa Faki and the Commissioner for Peace and Security, Ambassador Bankole. Read the Press Release here.

“Dark Valentine” - The dark realities of Gender-Based Violence and Femicide

In 2023, Africa Uncensored recorded 152 murders of women. This was the highest in five years. Between 2017 – 2024, over 500 Kenyan women were killed!

On 14th February, a day that would have been memorable to many through exchange of gifts,  a token of affection, flowers and other pleasantries, turned gloomy and dark to the women of Kenya. #TotalShutDownKE,  #EndFemicideMovementKe, a collective of 1,000 organisations and individuals nationally and regionally across Africa organized “Dark Valentine” event. This event was organized to coincide with the opening of the Kenyan Parliament and County Assembly Chambers on February 13, 2024. The purpose of this event was to maintain and amplify the pressure on the government to address the urgent demands that emerged from the January #End Femicide National Marches held in over ten counties and attended and supported by over 20,000 people across the country. By strategically timing the event around Valentine’s Day, the aim was to further draw attention to the dark realities of gender-based violence and femicide that persist in our society.

A horrifying testimony shared by one of the comrades during the Dark Valentine event in Nairobi.

United Against Ending Femicide

Over 20, 000 people united against ending femicide in Kenya on  27th  January, this year sending a clear message to the general public to cease the killing of women. The march which was organized by the young grassroots feminists in collaboration with Africans Rising and other organizations marked a historic moment in Kenya and a long struggle in the fight against gender-based violence, intimate partner violence and femicide. 

The alarming rise in femicide cases is a deep-rooted issue and a clear indication of a failure of the state  to protect girls and women in their diversity. Thousands of women human rights defenders and other citizens were concerned with unparalleled steep rise in the killing of women in Kenya and took to the streets in major towns to express their disgust on the heinous crimes of torture, rape, mistreatment and murder. 

A strong statement was issued to call on the authorities to action and protect all the women from murder and violence but also condemning the public’s silence and in some instances distasteful conversations on social media platforms that blame the victims. We continue to mourn with all the victims of this scourge and their families. 

Editar Ochieng, a feminist and Africans Rising member speaks in a joint interview to  Spice FM and KTN Home TV on how women and girls turned out in large numbers in the recent #EndFemicide protest in Kenya.

A Constitutional Coup? President Macky Sall’s time is up!

President Macky Sall’s decision to postpone elections which were originally scheduled for 25th February has ignited protests in Senegal. The riot police continue to crackdown on demonstrators  who are coming out to  protest against this decision. We call on Senegalese authorities to respect the right to peaceful assembly, freedom of expression and must refrain from using excessive force on demonstrators.

AR in the News

“The postponement of the February 25 election is a clear attempt by President Sall to cling to power beyond his constitutional limit,” asserts Hardi Yakubu, Africans Rising Movement Coordinator. Courtesy DW news website.
Africans Rising is against the postponement of Senegal’s presidential election, listen in to our take as our representative in Senegal, Maurice Samba spoke to SABC’s Channel Africa Radio on the current happenings there following that decision.

Have you sent your donations to support our fellow Africans displaced by war in Sudan?

The war in Sudan continues to spread and the humanitarian needs continue to rise. Africans Rising continues to respond to the humanitarian crisis through the Pan-African solidarity for Sudan initiative by mobilizing material and financial resources to provide solidarity relief to those in need. We must all come out in large numbers and demand the generals to end the war that has led to the murder of innocent Africans!  You can support the cause by sending any material donations to any of these designated collection pointsand also sending financial donations through these donation channels Every contribution counts and helps make a difference in the lives of those affected by the ongoing situation in Sudan. Together, we can make a positive impact and create a better future for Sudan.

Call for Nominations

Nominations for the 2024 Right Livelihood Award are now open!

Right Livelihood has presented the Awards annually since 1980. Through the award, they honour and support the actions of brave visionaries and aim to boost both urgent and long-term social change. You can learn more about Laureates in the fields of human rights, environment, journalism, peace, culture and sustainable development, to name a few examples, among our 194 Laureates from 76 countries.

Take the chance to nominate courageous change-makers and organisations striving for social and environmental justice. Nominations are fully open to the public, therefore, anyone is able to nominate any individual or organisation creating change through their innovative and life-changing work. To nominate a candidate (preferably in English, but French and Spanish are also accepted), please submit nominations through our online nominations form. Feel free to share this information with your contacts and network, and encourage them to also nominate. Read more about the Award hereThe deadline for submitting a nomination is March 1, 2024.

Nominations are open for the Martin Ennals Award 2024!

The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders honors individuals and organizations who have shown exceptional commitment to defending human rights, despite the risks involved. They are proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Award in 2024, in partnership with the City of Geneva, the Jury member organizations, the extended family of Laureates around the world, and our wonderful donors. Nominations of activists under 30 years of age are encouraged to reflect the growing number of young persons joining the human rights movements in their countries. Post-humous nominations are not eligible. Find out more on their website. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday February 28, 2024.


Fill out the new Africans Rising membership form. In October 2022, Africans Rising released a new membership database that allows us to offer greater communication and engagement with our global community of members. If you are an Africans Rising member who joined before October 2022, or you would like to become a member, please fill out the membership form here. It is also available in French, Kiswahili, Arabic and Portuguese.

Do you have news about your organization, community, or work that you would like us to share with our membership? Please let us know by emailing We may share it in our next newsletter.

Individual Giving

One Afro For One Million Campaign

The Africans Rising One Afro for One Million campaign is an individual giving campaign to support the movement’s goals to raise funds so that Africans Rising can maintain its momentum, scale up its activities and continue to build solidarity with its members across the African continent and in the Diaspora, while also responding to communities in crisis. You can join the campaign today and donate US$1 per month. It is easy to donate through Mobile money platforms, Visa and Bitcoin!  Details of how to give can be found here:Organizations can sign up for Payroll Giving where staff commit to donating straight from your salary. One dollar per month! Support the movement bycompleting an enrollment form and refer your colleagues and friends. Make your donation now! For any queries please do not hesitate to contact the team by email:

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