CAMFED 2021 Highlights

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Join us to celebrate girls and young women who have overcome incredible odds to achieve their dreams.

From humble beginnings to role models and leaders

As 2021 draws to a close, we invite you to join us in celebrating girls and young women across Ghana, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe who have overcome incredible odds to achieve their dreams. Meet some of  them here:

CAMFED graduates in 2021

Celebrating our 2021 graduates with CAMFED’s Global Community – click the image to view our social media highlights

From Sisterhood to Movement

And we invite you to celebrate the power of our movement for girls’ education – spearheaded by our Sisterhood of change leaders in the CAMFED Association. Together with our supporters around the world, we have achieved so much in 2021, in spite of all the challenges. 


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Thank you to everyone across our movement for standing with us!

In a year marred by a great deal of uncertainty, we adapted and found new ways of reinforcing connections and serving our clients – vulnerable girls and young women in thousands of partner communities across five countries. Thanks to the commitment of teachers, parents and local leaders in those communities, and our steadfast partners and supporters, we are on track to deliver financial, educational and social support to millions more girls.  We were honored to receive the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, and the Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation, global endorsements that are helping to attract a new audience to our work. Thank you to everyone who rose to the challenge and poured their heart, soul and energy into making sure we lived up to our promise to the young women we serve! 

Here are just some of the 2021 highlights to celebrate together:


Hilton Humanitarian Prize

CAMFED was honored with the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the world’s largest annual humanitarian award, in August, and joined an inspiring Prize ceremony in October, celebrating with the Hilton Prize community, partners and supporters.


Our Sisterhood at COP26

Members of our Sisterhood of climate activists in the CAMFED Association headed to Glasgow (by train and virtually) to participate in several events hosted in and around the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, in November.


Devex Conversation Series - girls’ education, women’s leadership, governance & climate action

CAMFED’s Angeline Murimirwa, Fiona Mavhinga, Lydia Wilbard and Barbara Chilangwa joined three global conversations hosted by the Hilton Foundation and Devex underscoring the power of communities.


Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation

CAMFED Chief Executive Officer Lucy Lake and CAMFED Association Executive Adviser Fiona Mavhinga attended several days of celebratory events hosted by the Spanish Royal Family to mark the 2021 Princess of Asturias Awards, “Spain’s Nobel Prize.”

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Cambridge Equitable Future Conference with the Yidan Prize Foundation

Together with the Yidan Prize Foundation and the University of Cambridge, CAMFED hosted a conference at Jesus College, Cambridge on October 7th, 2021 and announced a new research partnership with the REAL Centre.


CAMFED Malawi: The young women blazing a trail for more women and girls

We celebrated the achievements of 190 Mastercard Foundation Scholars at CAMFED Malawi, who have secured places at university. Meet Scholars Fyness and Victoria, representing young women full of hope and ambition.

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CAMFED Tanzania: Scaling the Learner Guide Program with government support

On September 23, Professor Caroline Nombo — Deputy Permanent Secretary at Tanzania’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology — underscored support for scaling CAMFED’s award-winning Learner Guide Program across the government school system.

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CAMFED Zambia: Celebrating 20 years of transforming girls’ prospects

CAMFED Zambia was honored to be joined by Mr Douglas Siakalima, the Minister of Education at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka to celebrate our 20th anniversary at our Annual General Meeting.


CAMFED Ghana: Boosting young women’s entrepreneurial and leadership ambitions

Relive a number of events, and learn more about the reports and research findings highlighting CAMFED Ghana’s recent progress in supporting girls to thrive at school, and boosting young women’s entrepreneurial and leadership ambitions.


CAMFED Zimbabwe: Young women tackling climate change

Three young women at the forefront of our movement were awarded prestigious Mastercard Foundation-EARTH University Graduate Fellowships to enable them to grow CAMFED’s climate-smart Agriculture Guide Program.


CAMFED in the media: Our movement on the global stage

We are grateful to all the journalists and writers who took the time to learn about our movement, speak to our young women leaders, and bring their expertise to a global audience. See some of our media highlights here.


Our Learner Guides: Unlocking the power to lead a better world

We featured the power of young women life skills mentors (or Learner Guides) like Dyness, who deploy their lived experience and empathy in support of more girls in their communities, and feature in a TV & radio series produced by Impact(Ed) International.

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The #SussexSquad fundraiser for higher education: One year on

One year on from the #InspiredByMeghan #InspiredByHarry fundraiser for CAMFED, initiated by the ‘Sussex Squad,’ we shared updates from young women in Zambia, who are pursuing higher education thanks to the generosity of supporters across the globe.


Celebrating International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, our Sisterhood of women leaders created a wave of support and outreach to girls and communities to mark the day.  From taking part in television interviews on Ghana TV, to a virtual dialogue held by CAMFED Association members in Zimbabwe, we continued to make our voices heard across Africa and the wider world. 

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Our 5-year strategic plan: Educating five million future leaders

We launched into the first year of our 5-year strategic plan (2021-25) to support the education of five million girls in sub-Saharan Africa. Our goal is centered on the ‘Multiplier Effect,’ whereby women who have been supported by CAMFED through school provide social and economic support to the next generation.

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