Africa

Hoda Badran

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Hoda Badran is the Chairperson of the Alliance for Arab Women (AAW), a voluntary organization headquartered in Cairo. AAW works with a network of over 350 NGOs on issues of Arab women’s human rights, legal literacy for women leaders, implementation of the Beijing Platform of Action, women’s political participation, and supporting education for impoverished children. AAW provides training workshops, conducts research, and prepares reports on women's rights.

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Leila Ahmed

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Dr. Leila Ahmed is Professor of Women’s Studies in Religion at Harvard Divinity School. Prior to this appointment, she was Professor of Women’s Studies and Near Eastern studies at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where she also served as Director of the Women’s Studies Program from 1992 to 1995 and as director of the Near Eastern Studies Program from 1991 to 1992. She was a distinguished visiting professor in 1992 at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Mona Zulficar

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Ms. Zulficar is a Senior Partner at Shalakany Law Office in Cairo and is Chairperson of the firm’s Executive Committee. She heads the Banking and Capital Markets Group and is internationally recognized as being a leading expert in this field. Her other areas of legal expertise include investment banking and telecommunications law. Ms. Zulficar is also a leading activist for women's human rights and spearheaded a campaign for gender equality in the judiciary in Egypt. Ms.

Aicha Belarbi

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Aicha Belarbi is a women's rights activist and scholar. She is a Professor of Sociology at University Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco and former Secretary of State and former Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco at the European Union. She has worked extensively on migration issues as Secretary of State in charge of Cooperation and as a member of the Ministerial Commission on Migration. As an academic researcher, she focuses on girls' education and gender socialization.

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi

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Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF, Nigeria/UK). AWDF is a fundraising and grantmaking organization launched in 2001 that supports African women's organizations committed to advancing women's human rights and their political and economic empowerment. Prior to her work with AWDF, Ms. Adeleye-Fayemi was Director of Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), an international pan-African NGO that coordinates programs for the development of women's leadership skills and supports women's grassroots organizing.

Mamphela Aletta Ramphele

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Mamphela Ramphele serves as Chair of the Global Commission on International Migration (GCIM), an independent organization launched in 2003 by the United Nations and various national governments from the North and South. GCIM seeks to investigate new initiatives for improving cooperation of migrant issues among international agencies; to promote a shared global concern for emigration, immigration, and transit; and to encourage the protection of the rights of migrants through an institutional focus. Dr.

Fatima Jibrell

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Fatima Jibrell is Founder and Executive Director of Horn of Africa Relief and Development Organization (Horn Relief). Founded in 1991, Horn Relief is a leading grassroots development organization that works for social, political, and environmental change in Somalia. Through Horn Relief, Ms. Jibrell works directly with Somali communities and advocates for just and sustainable development internationally.

Nemat Shafik

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Nemat Shafik is Vice President of Infrastructure at the World Bank. She is responsible for managing the Bank's Energy, Water, Transport and Urban sectors, as well as Project Finance and Guarantees, and directs, jointly with the International Finance Corporation, the global product groups for Information and Technology and for Oil, Gas, Chemicals and Mining. Dr. Shafik is currently the visiting Director General and former non-Executive Director of the Management Board of the UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID).

Wangari Maathai

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Wangari Maathai is Assistant Minister for Environment, Natural Resources and Wildlife in Kenya. An environmental activist for more than three decades, Ms. Maathai began her advocacy career when she joined the National Council of Women of Kenya in the 1970's. In 1976, she began planting trees with other Kenyans, mostly rural women, as a symbol of the importance of preserving environmental resources. She then co-founded the Green Belt Movement (GBM), a grassroots NGO that has worked in environmental conservation and community development in Kenya for over 25 years.

Zakia Salime

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Zakia Salime is founder of Women's Space, a non-governmental organization in Morocco that works to improve women's skills in microcredit and their access to market funds. She is also President of Espace Point de Depart (ESPOD) Association for Promoting Women’s Micro-Enterprises. Currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, in 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 she received a Goodwin Fellowship for her work in Sociology with a concentration in Gender Relations and International Development.

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