Written by: Malaika Aryee-Boi, Knowledge Management Assistant, AWDF

To commemorate the end of Women’s History Month, AWDF teamed up with Black Women Radicals for the “Health Equity and Power: Building Transnational Solidarities” webinar. This is a short reflection on two major themes and a call to action from the incredible conversation.

The first major theme that I took away from the conversation was the need for community efforts and movements to secure global health equity. Dr Ana Mocumbi, Head of the Non-communicable Diseases Division in Mozambique’s National Health Institute, reflected on the colonial origins of our healthcare systems in Africa…


Written by Caren Akoto-Adade, Communications & Fundraising Assistant, AWDF

As a child, I read several stories that always portended undesirable endings for the protagonist that dared to challenge the status quo and the authorities that upheld them.

From humans magically transformed into tubers of yam to stubborn young people who followed their hearts into unions that ended in poisoned tragedy, we believed that most of these rules and ways of being were to protect us from harm and preserve modes of doing things that hold value to our various societal identities. Now that I am older (and not a tuber…


Written by Malaika Aryee-Boi, Knowledge Management Assistant, AWDF

My colleagues and I at AWDF had spent the past few weeks thinking about how best to make knowledge and knowledge products more accessible, relevant and inclusive. The conversation had increasingly expanded from products to understanding the underlying power constructs of exclusion for women with disability. Thinking about what this means to me, and our feminist movement, I delved into volumes of research, consultations and reflection. As AWDF joins the world to celebrate International Women’s Day, I wrote this to reflect on the amazing African feminists choosing to challenge harmful norms, sexist…


Brief following the launch of the report Women and NCDs in Africa: Mapping the scale, actors and extent of rights-based work to address the impact of NCDs on African women.

Written by: Dinnah Nabwire, Knowledge Management Specialist, AWDF

Many people think that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) disproportionately affect men and richer populations especially those in the Global North. However, research shows that NCDs are increasingly becoming a leading cause for death and disability among women in low- and middle-income countries, disproportionately affecting those in the lowest socioeconomic groups, with direct negative implications to development, human rights and social justice.

Professor Ana…


Having read Shel Silverstein’s much-acclaimed children’s book The Giving Tree years ago, I reflect now and can’t help but compare the characters in that book; the tree and the boy, to women and the world respectively. The Giving tree tells the story of a boy who grows to become a man, and a tree; personified “she”, who lean on each other (or more accurately who have a parasitic relationship). This story is largely acclaimed and also largely criticised for its teachings of selfishness, selflessness, and greed. …


By: Jennifer Donkoh, Communications Associate, AWDF

Many people who do not experience the most tragic aspects of patriarchy like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), sexual assault and domestic violence are often quick to describe feminists as radical or overly dramatic. For them, because they do not hear about or experience such evils in their immediate environments, it is a remote issue. …


I’m very familiar with relationship dynamics. By this I mean I know a fair bit about the sexual politics in relationships. Gender roles in relationships is a heavy one to digest; there’s a lot to unpack but for now let’s focus on the ultimate trade off — financial assistance for sex. It is not always that blatant but there’s that exchange.

Ever heard of the phrase “women are gold-diggers?” Yea! I honestly don’t know how the term technically came to be, but it’s generally inferred from women’s expectation of their male partners to support them financially. I’m talking about heterosexual…


We were all perhaps a bit too smug at the start of 2020. The numerology suggested it was going to be an auspicious year. As I write we are still in the midst of COVID19 pandemic, a global health emergency that has been as much about political leadership, the military-industrial complex, macroeconomic policy and (gendered) inequality as it has been about a virus. Just as we were contending with the onset of this maelstrom another exploded into public view with the viral video of the murder of George Floyd by police in Minnesota, USA. Like Rodney King, Trayvon Martin, Sandra…


African feminist activism has been going through an increasingly introspective moment. A moment when we are considering not just the external politics of our thoughts and practices towards change, but also the impact that all of this is having on our physical and emotional bodies. I think its fair to say that there is a collective sense of exhaustion, compounded at times with the actual direct threat of harm in response to speaking up (the contemporary political moments in Egypt, Algeria and Zimbabwe, and the ongoing process of articulating a public queer African feminist politics come to mind). As a…


When I entered AWDF House in Accra in my new role as Director of Programmes the first thing I noticed were the walls. Large swathes of blank white space, stretching high above my head, framed on the approach by enormous white columns. I kept thinking about these walls. Their blankness, their apparent indifference, and the contrasting vibrance of the African feminist thought and action being resourced from within them.

A month into the job I initiated planning for the fourth African Feminist Forum, a gathering that had ushered me head first into the world of African feminist organising in 2003…

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