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LOUD WHISPERS: Trust

LOUD WHISPERS: Trust

Trust. A simple word. Only five letters, easy to pronounce and spell. Yet it is such a complicated word.  Without the currency of trust, life’s transactions become almost meaningless. Children trust their parents to always protect their interests. Sadly, this trust is sometimes misplaced, as we have seen with cases of incest and other forms […]

LOUD WHISPERS: The Roadshow

LOUD WHISPERS: The Roadshow

Kumolu managed to move away from all the pushing and shoving, clutching the bag of Semolina and small bag of salt she had managed to catch from the moving truck. She felt very lucky to have something, she knew that most of the women there would not get anything because there were so many people […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Lessons From Hannah

LOUD WHISPERS: Lessons From Hannah

I have an older friend who is from Zimbabwe. I will call her Hannah. She fought in the Zimbabwe liberation war in the 1970s. Then she was a young girl, but she experienced things people thrice her age could not even imagine. When the war was over and Zimbabwe became an independent nation State in […]

LOUD WHISPERS: March 8th Bandwagon

LOUD WHISPERS: March 8th Bandwagon

When I was working with Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), an international development organisation for African women based in London (AMwA has since relocated to Uganda), my job entailed developing programs to support African women living in the UK. Whilst the focus of our work was advocacy and influencing policy, we did a fair amount […]

‘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 […]