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Hi, I’m Angie Murimirwa, and this is how it all started 30 years ago…
I was one of the first young women to receive support from CAMFED (the Campaign for Female Education) to go to school, and today, I am the CEO of that very same organization. And as a founding member of the CAMFED Association— the powerful pan-African sisterhood of women leaders educated with CAMFED support – I’m so proud of our locally-rooted movement. Together with our communities, and with the support of people like you, we get girls into school, help them to succeed, and unlock their power to lead. It’s how we can break the cycles of poverty, gender inequality and child marriage for good.
We’re thrilled to take what we’ve learned over the years, and share it with you, and our partners around the world.
While you may not face all the challenges we do, we can all be certain that when girls and women are educated, and lift up other women as they rise, everything changes.
CAMFED has already ensured that over 6.4 million children in some of Africa’s poorest communities attend school – helping girls side-step the dangers that come from child marriage and childbirth, and instead rise up as leaders in their communities, tackling everything from hunger to inequality.
Our sisterhood works, and keeps growing as more young women join us. This is my inspiration, every day! We are grateful for the opportunity to welcome you in, learn from each other, and share stories about the ripple effect of educating one girl, who then educates many more.
Pamoja Tunaweza! (That’s Swahili for “Together We Can!”),
“If we care about climate change, if we care about poverty, if we care about maternal-child health, then we have to care about education.”- MICHELLE OBAMA
who are living out the pledge and have transformed their futures
building a movement to create the change this world so desperately needs
“I was so struck by everything that you do and obviously the impact that it has on so many young women and girls in ensuring they have the education that they so rightly deserve.”- MEGHAN MARKLE, THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX
About CAMFED, the organization behind The Global Sisterhood
This world is full of injustices, inequalities and threats to our shared future. You may be left feeling hopeless in your ability to reverse so many of the dangerous trajectories, from global warming, to food insecurity, to violence against women, to social injustice.
So you may be surprised to learn that educating the most vulnerable girls in Africa not only delivers justice, but also women leaders who come together to “be the change.”
More than ever, we need the expertise of these community organizers and activists if we want to tackle our world’s biggest problems.
CAMFED (the Campaign for Female Education) was founded in 1993 because a small group of people believed in the power of young women to lead this change.