Margaret Dongo

I was born in the 1960s into a family of seven children. My father was a builder and my mother a peasant farmer. At age 15 I joined the Zimbabwe war of liberation, and fought alongside my sisters and brothers for Zimbabwe’s independence, but also first and foremost to free the women in Zimbabwe from […]

Aminata Dieye

My activism was born in secondary school where I joined my first activist organisation. It was further awakened at university where I encountered rural women who would come to beg for leftover food at the women’s student residences. I saw this as an injustice, and I began to pay weekly visits to some of the […]

Dorcas Coker-Appiah

I am a long-time resident of Accra, Ghana’s fast expanding capital. I am the Executive Director of the Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre, a women’s rights advocacy organisation based in Accra. Like most activists, I am also involved in a myriad of other activities. In Ghana, I am on the steering committee of […]

Aïssatou Cisse

I have always fought to defend women’s rights. My activism started when I was very young, beginning of course by fighting for my own rights! I grew up with an education which had been imposed on Senegalese society by its Western colonisers, and entrenching the oppression of women (we tend to forget that women in […]

Ennie Chipembere

I am a Zimbabwean currently working and living in Johannesburg, South Africa. I call myself a feminist because I believe in the equality of women and men. I have and continue to fight for equality both in my private and public spaces. I believe and work for women’s empowerment and for ensuring that women’s rights […]

Hope Chigudu


I am a sociologist and an organisational development practitioner. When I was young, I thought that a life of equality, wisdom and justice would be my birthright if only I worked hard at school, excelled, got a good job and a good salary. I was wrong. My first job was in the corporate sector where […]

Atsango N. Chesoni


I work as a consultant on governance and human rights, focusing on equality rights, constitutionalism, policy and legal reform. I undertake work at both a national and regional level, including gender analysis of policies and legislation, advising parliamentarians and other policy makers about gender gaps, advocating for gender responsive and women friendly policies and legislative […]

Florence Butegwa

Florence Butegwa

I am a feminist lawyer and human rights activist. A Ugandan by birth, I have lived and worked across the African continent. I currently work for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I chose to name myself as a feminist because I believe that the subordinate situation and position […]

Christine Butegwa


I live in Kampala where I work with Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA). AMwA is a pan-African international women’s non-governmental organisation, which builds the leadership capacities of young African women to influence policies and decision-making spaces. As the Africa Regional Coordinator, I coordinate the African Women’s Leadership Institute, lobbying and advocating at the national, regional […]

Abena Pokua Adompim Busia


I am a professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA where I teach in the Departments of English, Comparative Literature and Women’s Studies. However, I consider myself as living in Ghana! I write poetry and specialise in teaching the literature and culture of the Black world. I am on a mission to make clear […]