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Joana Foster: ‘She made African women realise they can do anything’

This article is a reprint from the guardian. the original can be found here. Written by: Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah Before the fourth world conference on women, held in Beijing in 1995, Joana Silochina Foster, a Ghanaian-British activist and lawyer, attended a workshop organised by the Global Fund for Women. She happened to be seated next to Dr […]

‘And Then The Women Came’ A Tribute To The African Women’s Development Fund

by Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi  I have just returned from Accra, Ghana, where I went to attend a panel discussion on African Women and Philanthropy, to mark the 15th anniversary of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) the first Africa-wide grant making foundation. I co-founded AWDF in 2000 with Joana Foster (Ghana) and Hilda Tadria (Uganda), and we […]

Unlearning Repentance, Internalising Radical Love.

Reflections from the Bodily Integrity Session: AWID.  By Maame Akua Kyerewaa Marfo “The body is not soiled— it is not filth to be forgiven. The body is not an apology.” As Sonya Renee’s poetic words washed over a room of women at the 13th International AWID Forum, I let out a breath I didn’t know […]

Fourth African Feminist Forum:VOICE POWER AND SOUL, Harare, Zimbabwe 9-12 April, 2016

 4th AFRICAN FEMINIST FORUM   Harare, Zimbabwe April 9-12, 2016 It’s finally here!  AWDF  is honored to be hosting the fourth regional African Feminist Forum (AFF) in Harare, Zimbabwe  from 10-12 April 2016 under the theme: African Feminism: Voice, Power and Soul. The forum will be preceded by a pre-forum of feminists from Francophone Africa, […]

Nigerian Feminist Forum Reacts : The Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill.

The Nigerian Feminist Forum expresses displeasure at the rejection of the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill (GEOB). See below for the full press release: RE: Nigerian Senate Rejection of the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill (GEOB).   Lagos, 17th March 2016 – The rejection of the Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill (GEOP) by members of […]

International Women’s Week: A celebration of Voices and Truths.

                      At AWDF we recognize the importance of celebrating women in our daily lives and during the month of March we especially invite the public to join us in this joyous task. This year, we marked the day with three  special events, each of which […]

ACSHR 2016 Accra, Ghana: Pre Conference – Foundations of African Feminism

AWDF  facilitated a women’s only pre-conference session for the 7th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights which took place in Accra, Ghana, from 8-12 February, 2016. The meeting was jointly held with Curious Minds, Ghana, which acted as secretariat and conference host for this year’s gathering. AWDF wanted to provide a safe platform for an […]

FEMNET FOI and Women’s Rights- Advocacy, Actions and Other Interventions

Advocacy Actions & Other Interventions on FOI Freedom of information (FOI) – also commonly referred to ‘access to information’ or ‘right to know’ or ‘right to information’ – is a fundamental and undeniable basic human right. The right to access public information is the right of every person to know, to have access to the […]