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AWDF And IDEG To Launch AWDF Futures Initiative

AWDF And IDEG To Launch AWDF Futures Initiative

African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is partnering with the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG)- a cutting edge public policy think tank based in Ghana- to launch the AWDF Futures initiative on 19 April 2017. The launch will take the form of a gathering at IDEG offices in Accra that brings together analysts, thinkers, donors, creatives, […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Joana Silochina Foster (1946-2016)

LOUD WHISPERS: Joana Silochina Foster (1946-2016)

I first met Joana Foster at an international conference on Violence Against Women, which took place in Brighton, England in November 1996. I took my son with me to the conference, and he fell ill. As I fretted over my son, Joana fussed over me.  After Brighton, Joana and I became firm friends. She was […]

Tribute: Joana Harriram Foster

Tribute: Joana Harriram Foster

I am heartbroken and devastated. And this does not begin to capture how I am feeling now. Yesterday, I lost a mother figure, a dear friend and a feminist big sister, Joana Foster. I barely got any sleep all night. I tossed and turned, thinking about Auntie Joana and the years we spent together. Even […]

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

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

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 began operations […]

LOUD WHISPERS: #MySistersKeeper2016

LOUD WHISPERS: #MySistersKeeper2016

One day, when I was still working at the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) in Ghana which I Co-Founded as Executive Director, one of my staff members from the Grants department, Ndey Jobarteh, brought me a newspaper article to read. It was a report in the Daily Graphic, one of the national newspapers, about a […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Every Woman Has A Story

LOUD WHISPERS: Every Woman Has A Story

I have a friend from South Sudan who I will call Janet. She fled her country in the 1980s during the civil war in Sudan and was a refugee in Nairobi, Kenya for many years. Janet suffered terribly during this period, going through many of the horrors associated with violent conflict. She reunited with her […]