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Grantee Highlight: When Life Gives You Lemons, Build a Chicken Coop!

Grantee Highlight: When Life Gives You Lemons, Build a Chicken Coop! The Ababiti-bantu Women’s Group and Gender Integrated Development Program, Uganda   In the Kasekenya Village of the Pallisa District of Uganda, there is an outstanding… Read more

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“We Have the Potential and We are Able”: A Chat with Grace Amenyogbeli

    I had the pleasure of sitting with Grace Amenyogbeli, the Human Resources Manager of the African Women’s Development Fund, for an insightful conversation about her work for AWDF and her personal views on feminism. Grace has been… Read more

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A Look Back at IWD ’14 at Alliance Française

On Friday March 7, 2014 AWDF and partner, Brand Woman Africa, brought together influential African women artists, authors and musicians to honor International Women’s Day here in Accra. The evening began with a gallery opening featuring the works… Read more

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Vote for AWDF in Ghana Blogging and Social Media Awards!

  Some of our AWDF ladies!   African Women’s Development Fund has been honored with two nominations in this year’s Ghana Blogging and Social Media Awards! One for ‘Organisation with the Best Social Media Presence’ and ‘Best… Read more

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The WRAP UP: Creative Writing Master Class with Yewande Omotoso and Ama Ata Aidoo

  From right: AWDF CEO Theo Sowa, Grace, Sionne, Yewande and Nana pictured with Ama Ata Aidoo   On Saturday March 8th, the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) facilitated an all-day Writer’s Master Class. Critically… Read more

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Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law Statement on Anti-Pornography & Anti-Homosexuality Acts

  A statement from the leaders of the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law: For the past few days since the Anti Homosexuality Act was signed into law, the Coalition Legal Committee has been engaged in plans for… Read more

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International Women’s Day Statement by Her Royal Highness Sylvia Nagginda Nnabagereka

  HER ROYAL HIGHNESS SYLVIA NAGGINDA NNABAGEREKA OF BUGANDA KINGDOM MESSAGE ON THE OCCASION OF COMMEMORATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2014, 8TH MARCH 2014 (Embargoed: Thursday 6th March 2014, at Bulange – Mengo, Kampala,… Read more

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Grantee Highlight: Faith Hope Love Family Service Association

The Faith Hope Love Family Service Association Project based in Hawassa, Ethiopia has enlisted the aid of AWDF to help it achieve its goal of empowering women and OVCs towards HIV/AIDS prevention and controlling efforts. AWDF, along with the… Read more

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IWD 2014: Celebrating Women, Inspiring Change!

    Kuukua Dzigbordi Yomekpe (center) receiving her gift from Printex at IWD Meet the Writers 2013. International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8th to honor the progress that women across the world have made in the… Read more

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AWDF x Brand Woman Africa x Alliance Française: International Women’s Day Press Event

Next Friday, March 7, AWDF and our new partner, Brand Woman Africa, will be hosting an International Women’s Day celebration at the Alliance Française d’Accra. In anticipation of this artistic adventure, the press and several artists who will be… Read more

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The Refugee Law Project Releases Statement on Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

The Refugee Law Project, a community outreach project of the School of Law, Makerere University, was created in 1999 to promote the enjoyment of human rights for all refugees within Uganda. Over the years, the Refugee Law Project has established… Read more

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The Vagina Monologues – A Review

Published on 17 February 2014 by in AWDF Blog

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The Vagina Monologues – A Review

The audience erupted with laughter at the unusual sight of five women moaning and gyrating, uninhibited, on stage. “Coochie!” “Pussy!” “Twat…” These and other similar slang words bounced off of the grand walls of the National… Read more

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The Hypothetical Feminist Wedding

Published on 14 February 2014 by in AWDF Blog

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The Hypothetical Feminist Wedding

So let’s say I’m getting married. Firstly we’d have covered the bit about I’d prefer to keep my name. I’ve dated men who haven’t found this terribly bothersome and I’ve dated others who have. Someone once asked why I couldn’t… Read more

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No Longer Silent: Guerrilla Writing Against Injustice

Is her happiness contagious? I take for granted that ‘foreign-ness’ affords one a safety blanket not available to locals. So as they laze on the beach, she nestles her head between another’s bosom and strokes her side with her middle finger in… Read more

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Immigrant Kid Blues: An African Woman’s Journey through Grad School

“all that I ask of you is to stay past the pain for the pleasure.” – Goapele and Dwele – “You”   I remember this today, as I wind down from my full day of classes, 2 presentations, and a mandatory seminar. All week I have been fretting… Read more

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An Open Letter To Whom It May Concern

Published on 27 January 2014 by in AWDF Blog

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An Open Letter To Whom It May Concern

Dear Fellow Nigerian, I do not write this analysis just for fun but to bring to everyone’s attention, the personal and legal implications that the just recently passed Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Law (hereinafter referred to as SSMPL) has… Read more

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“Why Popular Culture Matters for African Feminism” (on something other than Beyoncé) Part 3

  African Feminism(s) in Popular Culture “From Miriam Makeba’s music to Oumou Sy’s fashion to Nike Ogundaike’s art, African feminists are at the forefront of using creativity to express that progressive thought is not only… Read more

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“Why Popular Culture Matters for African Feminism” (on something other than Beyoncé) Part 2

‘’The Danger of A Single Story’ “Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair… Read more

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“Why Popular Culture Matters for African Feminism” (on something other than Beyoncé) Part 1

I formally came into feminism at university or rather I came to name my politics ‘as such’ during that time. But like many other young women of my generation, my formative understandings of, and identifications with feminism have over the years… Read more

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Dykes and Babes

Published on 20 January 2014 by in AWDF Blog

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Dykes and Babes

Gay was an obscure word until my first year in the University. I mean, in secondary school, I knew that girls did things to themselves in the dark in their hostels; my best girlfriend had written a long amused letter from her boarding school in Oyo… Read more

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