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Angeline Murimirwa

Executive Director - Africa, Campaign for Female Education

Biography

Angeline Murimirwa, née Mugwendere, was one of the first young women to receive support from Camfed to go to secondary school. She is now Camfed Executive Director - Africa, overseeing the Camfed delivery, 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 young educated women, which grew to 100,000 members in 2017. CAMA members are united by a background of rural poverty and are stepping up as a new generation of leaders and entrepreneurs in their communities, as well as at national and international level.

Angeline 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 2006, she was awarded the Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life by the Women's World Summit Foundation in Switzerland. In 2009, Angeline’s story featured in ‘Half the Sky’, a book by award-winning writers Nick Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn. In September 2017, the Clara Lionel Foundation presented Angeline with the 2017 Diamond Ball Honours Award, recognising her past, present and future support of young leaders, entrepreneurship and civic engagement.