Author: Liz Guantai


Celebrating Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Work in Africa

In the words of former American President Woodrow Wilson, “We are not here merely to make a living, but to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision and a finer spirit of hope and achievement.” Some ordinary people have taken it upon themselves to add value to their countries and empower communities, making them exceptionally extraordinary. On International Womens Day, I asked several of my friends, and fellow champions of women’s economic empowerment, at Empower Women to help me identify and celebrate such African women. These are strong, courageous women who have overcome many challenges to achieve their dreams. Their zeal to improve the welfare of women and alleviate poverty is what makes them outstanding. Here are inspiring stories of four incredible African women, as nominated by the champions. Faith Kasoni (Kenya)- Leading Anti-FGM Campaigns Teresa Abila from Kenya, nominated this courageous woman from Samburu, one of the counties in rural Kenya that FGM is still widely practiced. Teresa says that she admires Faith because she decided not to undergo the cut as an …


Ending GBV: Shifting The Narrative To The Men

The theme for this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is prevention.We are not only raising awareness during the 16 days of activism, but also discussing ways to permanently eradicate violence against women. Gender Based Violence (GBV) is non-discriminatory of race, color or social status. Current statistics are alarming, with one out of every three women and girls globally experiencing physical and, or sexual violence. The violence manifests in various forms including rape, defilement, domestic violence, early and forced marriages, FGM and sex trafficking. For a long time we addressed GBV from the perspective of women, who form the majority of victims and survivors. However, GBV is an issue that affects not only the victim’s life but also other aspects of global social progress such as health, education and economic productivity. The HeForShe movement is an example of initiatives calling upon men to support women in achieving gender equality. To work towards ending GBV we need to shift our awareness focus to include both those on the receiving end of violence and those causing …