Masimanyane hosts leading African feminists

Masimanyane welcomed two of Africa's leading feminist activists, Dr Hilda Tadria and Ms Dorcas Coker-Appiah, for a powerful workshop unpacking the patriarchy system.

Dr Tadria (above, left) is the Executive Director of the Mentoring and Empowerment Programme for Young Women in Uganda, as well as a founding member of Action for Development (ACFODE), an indigenous, voluntary, non-governmental women’s organisation whose formation was stimulated by the United Nations Third World Conference on Women in Nairobi in July 1985.

A lawyer by profession, Ms Coker-Appiah is Executive Director of the Gender Studies and Human Rights Documentation Centre in Ghana. She was one of the founding members of FIDA Ghana, and has been an active participant in all its activities since its inception in 1974, having served as vice President and then President from 1988 to 1989 and 1990 to 1991 respectively.

They jointly presented a workshop for Masimanyane staff on identifying the roles that both men and women play in sustaining and perpetuating patriarchy. The workshop also reflected on what women can and should do to unlearn the rules of the system and how to create new egalitarian rules in every aspect of their lives, not just in the context of work.

The women shared with Masimanyane delegates insights about Voilence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in their respective countires, as well as the achievements and challenges that women's rights movements have faced in their struggle to address VAWG.

"This helped us to compare the contexts in different parts of Africa, to learn from others' experiences and to lay the groundwork for building pan-African networks of solidarity and movements," said Masimanyane participant Mitali Sen.

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