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 CAMFED’s Chief Executive Officer, 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 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 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




View a list of upcoming events about girls' education, women's leadership, and climate action with CAMFED leaders, or catch up on some past events.



Passing the baton to Angeline Murimirwa

2023 is a milestone year for CAMFED: we celebrate our 30th anniversary, and we will see the membership of the CAMFED Association surpass a quarter…

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CAMFED 2022 highlights

Thank you for being part of our movement! In the face of so many challenges, CAMFED’s global community has provided girls with the support they…


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Video: Angie Murimirwa in conversation with Soledad O’Brien - Highlights

Watch these highlights from the conversation recorded live at the 2022 Hilton Humanitarian Prize Symposium and Prize Ceremony hosted by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.


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Soledad O'Brien in conversation with Angeline Murimirwa

Soledad O’Brien, CEO; Journalist; Producer; and Philanthropist sits down with Angeline Murimirwa, Executive Director – Africa, CAMFED (2021 Prize Laureate) at the 2022 Hilton Humanitarian…


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One Young World Summit education panel with CAMFED’s Angeline (Angie) Murimirwa

At the One Young World 2022 Summit - held in Manchester, UK, and digitally, from September 5th to 9th - Angeline Murimirwa, CAMFED Executive Director…



CAMFED Annual Review 2021

CAMFED’s 2021 Annual Review looks back on our most ambitious year yet. It was the first year of our new strategic plan: to support five…

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CNN profiles CAMFED's Angeline (Angie) Murimirwa in Changemakers series

CNN’s African Voices Changemakers highlights the leadership of Angeline (Angie) Murimirwa, CAMFED’s Executive Director - Africa, and her sisters in the CAMFED Association, using their…

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Our Sisterhood Rises By Lifting Others: Honoring International Women's Day 2022

Honor International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022, themed Break The Bias, by standing alongside our African Sisterhood for gender equality and women’s leadership.



CNN’s Zain Asher speaks to Angeline Murimirwa

In the interview, Zain and Angie explore how leadership and entrepreneurship ignited by girls’ education can challenge traditional gender norms.



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…



Today's girls are tomorrow's female leaders

On October 19, CAMFED's Angeline Murimirwa joined Alice Albright, CEO of Global Partnership for Education, and Jennifer Albone, Consultant to the World Bank Education Practice,…

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