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For a more inclusive and equitable world, educate girls and support young women into independence and influence. 

Together, we can inspire inclusion by showcasing all the amazing ways young women across Africa are joining forces to lead change.

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I'm Harriet, and you can #CountMeIn.

“Because I’m educated, I’m now included in my school’s effort to improve girls’ education. If you want to create change in the world, count me in!”

My name is Harriet, and I’m the new National Chair of the CAMFED Association in Zambia – our sisterhood of leaders educated with CAMFED support.

I lead a network of nearly 25,000 young women in my country, growing all the time as more girls graduate and join us.

And as a trained teacher and peer mentor, I make sure the most disadvantaged girls can thrive in school, and follow a path to independence and influence. 

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Esnath, Zimbawe

“Because I’m educated, I’m now included in climate advocacy, which means I’m teaching communities how to protect the environment. If you want to achieve food security, count me in!”

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Ramatu, Ghana

“Because I’m educated, I am now included in decision-making about women’s health. If you want to access quality education and make the world a better place, count me in.”

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Shamsa, Tanzania

“Because I’m educated, now I’m included in developing sustainable ways to help or to empower youth economy. If you want to create employment for youth, please count me in!”

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Gladys, Malawi

“Because I’m educated, I can use my platform as a journalist to amplify the voices of marginalized girls and women. If you want to ensure girls and women reach their full potential, count me in!”

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Lucia, Zimbabwe

“Because I’m educated, I’m now included in the mentoring of students in my school. If you want to break the cycle of poverty, count me in!”

 

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Husna, Tanzania

“Because I am educated, now I am included in city planning to protect people from climate change. If you want to protect the environment, you can count me in.”

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Video: Our journey to inclusion

The CAMFED Association, our pan-African sisterhood of women leaders educated with CAMFED support, is 25 years young and more than 250,000 leaders strong.

This video, book-ended by Angie Murimirwa, Lydia Wilbard and Fiona Mavhinga  (three of our sisters now at the pinnacle of CAMFED’s leadership), tells our story and shows the power of educating girls.

Our positivity and passion for an inclusive, equitable society makes us a force to be reckoned with. 

By joining CAMFED, you’re supporting our work to transform the lives of individual girls, and create inclusive communities and nations.

Use #CountMeIn and @CAMFED on social media to share your own journey to inclusion.

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Sisterhood news and events - International Women's Day

Check back as we add more IWD news and updates in the coming weeks

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Highlights: Our global sisterhood celebrating & inspiring inclusion across social media

A big thank you to all our partners and supporters for standing up and being counted this International Women’s Day!

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Event: People First Community Talk with Mwangala Mukelabai Bwengo

Recorded on March 5, 2024 

In the lead-up to International Women’s Day 2024, CAMFED’s CEO Angeline (Angie) Murimirwa and CAMFED Zambia Program Manager Mwangala Mukelabai –  members of the CAMFED Association of women leaders educated with CAMFED support – joined Radha Ruparell of the People First Community to discuss collective leadership for girls’ education, sisterhood, and the power of communities to deliver a better world for all children, at scale.

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Live TV: CAMFED Association leaders on Citi TV

On March 8, 2024, two CAMFED Association members from Ghana took to Citi TV to discuss all things girls’ education and women’s leadership in honor of International Women’s Day. Nurse Juliana Atanga talked about dividing her time between work as a health professional and as a shea entrepreneur, employing 95 other women, following support from CAMFED. District Operations Officer Latifa Alhassan gave an overview of our programs, all of which foster inclusion for the most marginalized. 

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News: CAMFED highlighted in Forbes article for International Women's Day

In this article on Forbes, Timothy J. McClimon highlights three organizations leading year-round collective action to promote the inclusion of women and girls. In an overview of CAMFED’s movement, he outlines our commitment to ensuring girls from disadvantaged rural communities across Africa can thrive in school and after graduation, as well as citing a powerful description given by Angie Murimirwa during a conversation with New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof in 2021.

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News: How young African women are growing food security & climate resilience

In this article on Triple Pundit, Riya Anne Polcastro speaks to CAMFED Association member and climate-smart agriculture expert Esnath Divasoni. Esnath explains the impact of young women with first-hand experience of climate shocks and hunger, who are now supporting their communities to become food secure and climate-resilient – growing green livelihoods, and ensuring children have nutritious meals and the resources they need to go to school.

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News: GoodGoodGood picks TED Talks for Women's History Month

A new round-up by Kamrin Baker identifies nine TED Talks to tune into in March, which is Women’s History Month. Angie Murimirwa’s 2023 talk ‘School is just the start. Here’s how to help girls succeed for life,’ is recommended alongside others given by inspiring female speakers on a range of topics. They include Sheryl Lee-Ralph on building self-confidence, Aisha Nyandoro on redefining wealth, and Golshifteh Farahani on the ‘Woman, Life, Freedom’ movement.

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Media: Morgen Magazine interview with Angie Murimirwa

They no longer feel excluded and disadvantaged. They genuinely count.”

In this article in the Netherlands’ Morgen Magazine, our CEO Angeline (Angie) Murimirwa charts her path from student to leader of CAMFED, and the sisterhood of more than a quarter million change leaders she nurtured along the way.  This interview was made possible by our partner Sint Antonius Foundation (SAS), which has proudly invested in CAMFED to support 40,000 girls in Malawi and Zimbabwe to go to school. 

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Event: CIES 2024 - Research that counts

March 10-14, 2024

Research and government partnerships are key to inclusive education and collective leadership. At the Comparative and International Education Societies Conference, CIES 2024, in Miami, Florida, CAMFED’s Regina Lialabi from Zambia will discuss our participatory research with government partners, with a focus on integrating education innovations led by young women as peer mentors into the wider government school system. Lydia Wilbard, our Executive Director Learning & Engagement from Tanzania, is also set to join the conference in the United States.

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