Angeline 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 has recently 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.