I live in Ghana. I work with the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), an African grant-making foundation whose vision is for African women to live in a world where there is social justice, equality and respect for women’s human rights. In order to achieve this we mobilize and disburse financial, human and material resources to women rights organizations to support positive transformation in Africa. This contributes immensely to women’s developmental agenda by mitigating the impact of various challenges faced by many women in Africa. Women do make change happen.
My prime responsibility at AWDF is managing Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) related work of the organisation. As such, I coordinate: periodic internal and external evaluations, monitoring visits to grantees, development of annual work plans, facilitation of midyear and end of year organisational reviews, data collection and analysis among others. Aside this, I also provide inputs to the grant-making program and donor relations work of the organisation. These are done with the aim to inform decision making and in shaping program directions of the organisation.
I am a proud African WOMAN. I believe every woman is entitled and has a right to enjoy all human rights that exist and being practiced in society in respect of who she is or where she finds herself. Women carry much of the burden in society and we deserve to be cherished and treated equally.
There are many challenges that the feminist movements in Africa face, including those strongly linked to economic, political, social and cultural spheres and practices of society.
To overcome some of these challenges, feminist movements in Africa should deepen efforts to share and learn from each other, opening up to different ways of thinking, doing and strategizing as well as networking with other feminist movements outside Africa. We also have an excellent tool in the African Feminist Charter that we can use to guide our work. This tool should serve as a means to shape organisational undertakings including working relations with various stakeholders. Besides, there is a need to intensify efforts in order to popularize and incorporate the Charter by creating space and time during major sub regional, regional and global conferences. This can be followed by organisations signing up to report periodically on the use of the African Feminist Charter.