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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.

More from Angeline



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.


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Nicholas Kristof unleashes groundswell of support for girls’ education among New York Times readers

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 in rural Africa to school. The groundswell of support has been overwhelming, with more than 3,300 new donors choosing to invest in girls' education and ignite the CAMFED Multiplier — through which educated young women go on to support the next generation through school, and lead lasting change in their communities.



Girls’ exclusion from education is solvable

Angeline Murimirwa and Lydia Wilbard overcame great odds to complete education, went on to co-found the CAMFED Association of women leaders in Zimbabwe and Tanzania respectively and now steer our organization as members of the Executive Team. Drawing on their personal stories and representing the powerful peer support network they are part of, Angeline and Lydia spoke at recent high-profile events about the vital role of those with lived experience in solving the challenge of girls’ exclusion from education. On Friday, April 23, Angeline joined a panel discussion as part of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s ‘Education Now’ series, presented together with the Yidan Prize Foundation — bringing together members of its ‘Council of Luminaries’. She spoke alongside Professor Anant Agarwal of edX, Professor Usha Goswami of the University of Cambridge, and Professor Thomas Kane of Harvard University on the topic of ‘Innovations in Global Education’.



Social justice starts with girls’ education

World Day of Social Justice (February 20) is a date to recognize how far we must travel to tackle poverty, exclusion, gender inequity, and other critical challenges. These are issues exacerbated by the global pandemic, which threatens to exclude 11 million more girls from school and leave behind all children who cannot access online learning. To move forward, our world requires solutions that combine grassroots leadership with national and global commitment and investment. So, on this day, take a moment to hear from CAMFED’s experts — young women with lived experience of injustice — as they lead agile local action and global advocacy for the most marginalized.



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. At the Summit, Angeline and Lucy were invited to join the newly-formed Council of Luminaries. The Council gathers 16 leading educational researchers and innovators to foster collaboration and 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. Speaking at the opening event in 2015, the Hon. Julia Gillard AC, 27th Prime Minister of Australia and Patron of CAMFED, said, “The REAL Centre will make a real difference to the world's understanding of what best works to educate the most marginalized and most at-risk girls.” Now, as the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to roll back decades of progress, REAL Centre research into effective education interventions is more important than ever to inform collective, evidence-led action.

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