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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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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… 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 in… 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… Read more

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Vote for AWDF in Ghana Blogging and Social Media Awards!

  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 Organisational Blog’! As… Read more

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Creative Writing Master Class with Yewande Omotoso and Ama Ata Aidoo

On Saturday March 8th, African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) facilitated an all-day Writer’s Master Class. Critically acclaimed South African novelist Yewande Omotoso, whose debut novel Bom Boy was shortlisted for the 2012 Sunday Times… 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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