The development community is talking about women and girls, but they’re not always acting in ways that place women and girls centrally in that conversation, according to Theo Sowa, chief executive officer of the African Women’s Development Fund.
Sowa pointed to initiatives such as The Girl Generation, an effort to end female genital mutilation, as an example of a group ensuring that girls are central to decision making. AWDF itself is a grantmaking foundation that supports local, national and regional women’s organizations working toward the empowerment of African women — and Sowa noted that she sees more opportunity than ever for locally led initiatives.
“It’s hard for people to give up that power,” Sowa said in reference to international organization allowing national groups to lead.
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