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African Women Speak Back – Using Radio to tackle Violence

African Women Speak Back- Using Radio to tackle Violence by Jen Thorpe Radio allows organisations to reach into homes, and into hearts, encouraging people to see their own lives in the stories they hear.If you are a woman, you are aware of… Read more

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AWDF’s 16 Days of Activism Blog Series Begins

Published on 24 November 2014 by in AWDF Blog

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AWDF’s 16 Days of Activism Blog Series Begins

In June 2013, a thirteen-year old Egyptian girl Sohair al-Bata’a, died while being circumcised by a doctor in a small village northeast of Cairo. Today it was announced that the “doctor” who performed the procedure was acquitted in Egypt’s… Read more

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Africa’s Rise is Leaving Rural Children Behind

Children of the Bandisuglo Women’s Group in Tamale   As Ghanaians we are rightly proud of our national achievements; winning early independence, championing pan-Africanism and supporting liberation struggles across the continent, founding a… Read more

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Grantee Highlight: NLK and AWDF Project Beneficiaries

NLK (Negem Lela Ken HIV Positive Women Support Organisation) and AWDF Project Beneficiaries Stories of Success Ethiopia Urge Degaga Thirty-five year old wife and mother of four, Urge, is HIV positive. She is one of the beneficiaries of the… Read more

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AWDF’s Third CEO Forum 2014 – Nairobi, Kenya

The 3rd Chief Executive Officer’s Forum on Leadership, Governance and Communication for CEOs of Women’s Organisations June 2 – 4, 2014 Nairobi, Kenya The women of the Forum It is a biennial event convened by African Women’s Development… Read more

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A Phone Call, a Journal, and a Bar of Soap by Moiyattu Banya

A Dispatch from the Girls of Sierra Leone about the impact of the 3-day-Ebola Lockdown I always look forward to hearing from my girls, because they brighten my day. When I noticed the +232 area code, I answered because I knew the caller was a… Read more

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Grantee Highlight: Agnes Makes her OWN Plan

Agnes Makes her OWN Plan Another Grantee story from Malawi Agnes Filimoni   Agnes Filimoni is a thirty-year-old, mother of four who currently lives in the Mtembo Village in Chitera traditional authority in Chiraduku District… Read more

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‘It is Not a Joke’ by Abena Kyere

Published on 03 September 2014 by in AWDF Blog

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‘It is Not a Joke’ by Abena Kyere

IT IS NOT A JOKE I woke up today with a well thought out plan: Get to work, finish a piece I started last night, finish scanning the readings for this semester and review a piece a friend requested. But I had forgotten to work one very important… Read more

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Grantee Highlight: Christina Assima Has a Dream

‘I have a dream’ says Christina Assima Christina Assima pictured here with her son Fifteen-year-old mother, Christina Assima, dreams of being a nurse. But there is a long tortuous journey ahead of Christina, especially as a student with a… Read more

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A Conversation with Dr. Yaba Blay: Saturday 30th August

You’re invited to a conversation with Dr Yaba Blay on Saturday 30th August from 5pm-7pm at the AWDF resource centre in East Legon, Accra. Dr Blay is a professor, producer, and publisher.As a researcher and ethnographer, she uses personal and… Read more

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‘African Feminists: A Reflection’ by Moiyattu Banya

A Reflection from the AWDF/FEMRITE Creative Non-Fiction Writer’s Workshop Entebbe, Uganda 2014   There’s a fresh, young, powerful and dynamic caliber of young African women feminists found on the African continent, in the diaspora, in your… Read more

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‘In Print’ by Jennifer Thorpe

Published on 25 August 2014 by in AWDF Blog

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‘In Print’ by Jennifer Thorpe

In print We want to be in print; To feel the weight of our words in Paper and ink And to know their value In dollar signs and transformed minds. Journals, magazines, newspapers, novels. The smell of the page like petrichor, awakening the… Read more

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Podcast: Yewande Omotoso with Ama Ata Aidoo

Published on 21 August 2014 by in AWDF Blog

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Podcast: Yewande Omotoso with Ama Ata Aidoo

On International Women’s Day this year, the writer Yewande Omotoso led a writer’s masterclass at AWDF House with internationally acclaimed writer Ama Ata Aidoo as our special guest. Using excerpts from Ama’s talk with the participants, Yewande has… Read more

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You have to be a selfish woman

Published on 15 August 2014 by in AWDF Blog

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You have to be a selfish woman

Ma’ami, you would love these women. Maybe not at first, maybe not all at once, but oh, you would love them. They would speak to your heart and the things you wouldn’t say couldn’t say? Like “maybe I should have… Read more

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Reflection on my internship at AWDF

Published on 26 June 2014 by in AWDF Blog

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Reflection on my internship at AWDF

During my time here at AWDF, I have learned what it is to be a fragment within a functioning organization that has an aim to promote and create access for women within multiple facets of society. While editing various works, I have had the pleasure… Read more

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How to leverage digital technologies for fundraising success

On the 22nd of May 2014, I had the pleasure of delivering a session on ‘Leveraging digital technologies for fundraising success’ as part of Fundraising Online 2014. I shared case studies from The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo, Spectra Speaks and the Korle Bu… Read more

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African Women who Rock: Princess Umul Hatiyaa Ibrahim Mahama

I was delighted to be able to interview Princess Umul Hatiyaa Ibrahim Mahama yesterday at AWDF House about her philanthropic work. This was a special delight because Hati and I go way back. We were classmates in St Mary’s Secondary School, Ghana,… Read more

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In memory of Maya Angelou

Published on 29 May 2014 by in AWDF Blog

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In memory of Maya Angelou

This article was originally written for This is Africa by Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, AWDF’s Communications Specialist The single most influential writer in my life has been Maya Angelou. In many ways she is the reason why I am who I am today. Reading… Read more

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AWDF has premises available to rent

Published on 13 May 2014 by in AWDF Blog

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AWDF has premises available to rent

AWDF as part of its investment into its long term sustainability is pleased to announces the availability of premises to rent. Details are as follows: A five bedroom house located at Plot no. 78, Ambassadorial Enclave, East Legon, Accra, Ghana… Read more

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Podcast: Thokozile Makhanya of Biowatch speaks on food sovereignty, and resisting genetically modified organisms

Podcast with Thokozile Makhanya, Board Member of Biowatch a public interest organization that publicises, monitors and researches issues of genetic modification, and promotes biological diversity and sustainable livelihoods. In this podcast Thoko… Read more

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