Angeline (Angie) Murimirwa, née Mugwendere, was one of the first young women to receive support from CAMFED to go to secondary school. She is now Executive Director – Africa, overseeing the delivery of our mission, working closely with all CAMFED offices.

Angeline understands from experience both the desire for education and the enormous hurdles girls face in securing their right to education. In a spirit of solidarity with those facing the same struggles she has overcome, Angeline became a key founding member of the CAMFED Association (CAMA) a powerful pan-African network of women leaders educated with CAMFED support. CAMFED Association members are united by a background of rural poverty, and by one goal: to ensure that no girl is excluded – that every girl secures her right to go to school. Association members are stepping up as a new generation of leaders and entrepreneurs in their communities, as well as at national and international level.

Angeline is a member of the Zimbabwe Gender Coalition and the Education Coordination Group. She has also served on the Board of the Zimbabwe National Youth Council, and represented CAMFED on the Education Coordination Group and on the UNAIDS Gender Task Force. In 2009, Angeline’s story featured in ‘Half the Sky’, a book by award-winning writers Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. In 2017, Angeline was recognized as one of the 100 most influential women by the BBC, and the Clara Lionel Foundation presented Angeline with the 2017 Diamond Ball Honours Award, recognizing her past, present and future support of young leaders, entrepreneurship and civic engagement. In 2020, Angeline Murimirwa and CAMFED CEO Lucy Lake were awarded the Yidan Prize for Education Development as Co-Executives of CAMFED, for their contribution to female education, and joined the newly-established Council of Luminaries.  Angeline accepted the 2020 Kristof Holiday Impact Prize and the 2021 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize on behalf of our movement. She has shared platforms with Michelle Obama, the Hon Julia Gillard AC, and The Duchess of Sussex, underscoring the urgency of addressing girls’ education as the foundation for achieving all the Sustainable Development Goals.

More from Angeline (Angie) Murimirwa



Watch Devex conversation #1: The power of girls' education and women’s leadership

The first conversation in the online series hosted by the Hilton Foundation and Devex under the theme "The Future of Humanitarian Action: The Power of Communities" addresses the power of girls' education and women’s leadership to transform communities, countries and economies. Join CAMFED's Angeline Murimirwa, Dr. Shungu Gwarinda, Director of Programmes of the Graça Machel Trust, and Fadzi Whande, Senior Diversity & Inclusion Adviser, Executive Direction and Management, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.



Looking at girls' education through a different lens

CAMFED Co-Executives Angeline Murimirwa and Lucy Lake are urging the global education community to take an approach that is both inclusive and disruptive in order to change the status quo and deliver social justice.



Nick Kristof Selects CAMFED as Grand Prize Winner of his Holiday Impact Prize

Following CAMFED’s recognition as the Grand Prize Winner of Nicholas Kristof’s 2020 Holiday Impact Prize, announced in his column in the New York Times, generous donors contributed an astonishing $4.6 million to send girls to school. Some of Nicholas Kristof’s generous readers then joined Angeline Murimirwa, CAMFED Executive Director – Africa, to learn more about our world-changing movement.



Girls’ exclusion from education is solvable

Angeline Murimirwa and Lydia Wilbard – both members of CAMFED’s Executive Team – spoke at recent high-profile events about solving the challenge of girls’ exclusion from education. They drew on personal stories and underscored the need for greater investment in education that is increasingly urgent due to the impact of the pandemic.



Social justice starts with girls’ education

On World Day of Social Justice (February 20) hear from Angeline Murimirwa, CAMFED Executive Director – Africa in her Power Lunch interview with CNBC’s Arnold Kwizera. She addresses the impact COVID-19 has had on education in our countries of operation, and how to best bridge the widening gap between the most and least privileged.



CAMFED Co-Executives join ‘Council of Luminaries’, announced at 2020 Yidan Prize Summit

On December 7, at the 2020 Yidan Prize Awards Presentation Ceremony and Summit, hosted virtually this year, CAMFED Co-Executives Angeline Murimirwa and Lucy Lake accepted the Yidan Prize for Education Development on behalf of everyone in our movement. They were invited to join the newly-formed Council of Luminaries which gathers 16 leading educational researchers and innovators to drive education progress globally.


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Cambridge University researchers: We need to prioritize education of marginalized girls

This year marks the 5th birthday of the Research for Equitable Access to Learning (REAL) Centre at the University of Cambridge, launched in partnership with CAMFED. In their most recent seminar, CAMFED Co-Executives Angeline Murimirwa and Lucy Lake highlighted the impact of CAMFED’s Learner Guides on their wider communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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