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Interning at the African Women’s Development Fund (Summer 2019)

By: Sabine Afodanyi, Knowledge Management Intern I began my internship with the African Women’s Development Fund with eagerness and desire to soak in as much knowledge as I can concerning African feminism. I had the opportunity of interning with the Knowledge Management department, which is responsible for archiving and analyzing feminist knowledge produced by the […]


Gender activists from across Southern Africa launch the#VoiceandChoice 2019 Barometer alongside the State of Women in SADC 2019 report. The Barometer has been produced for the last eleven years by the Southern African Gender Protocol Alliance, a network of Women’s Rights Organisations that campaigned for the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development in 2008, its updating and […]

Workplace Giving – an opportunity to take action

by Gertrude Bibi Annoh Quarshie “Giving”- in its purest form includes using our hearts, our minds, our talents and other resources in ways that enrich the lives of all people whether poor or rich. It is simply being conscious about the problems around us and taking purposeful action to solve those problems. “Giving” is a […]

Decolonise The Internet: Solidarity Is More than Just A Buzzword.

  By: Maame Akua Kyerewaa-Marfo The fast pace of technology has often made it synonymous with the concept of progress. New Technological developments often came with the presumption of neutrality. They were widely thought of not to have the the weaknesses of human prejudice, just simple–clean–algorithms. Technology could be–at least conceptually–blissfully neutral. However in its […]

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 […]