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First Lady, Ekiti State, Nigeria, and President, African Women’s Development Fund
Despite being on opposite sides of the world, women in Africa and North America share similar challenges around domestic violence, the feminization of poverty, and the need for comprehensive healthcare. In North America, member fund Women’s Foundation of Minnesota works to improve the lives of women and girls in a fast-changing community of diverse international cultures. To better understand these infl uences, they connected with African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), a member fund based in Ghana, which supports women’s leadership and gender equality in 41 African countries.
In November 2010, staff and donors of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota visited Kenya, Uganda, and Ghana to see how AWDF supports women and girls across cultures and to gain an understanding of how the Foundation can better serve diverse immigrant communities back home. The exchange made clear to Foundation leadership that women’s challenges – and solutions – are shared and global.
President & CEO, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
This member exchange profile is from Women's Funding Network's 2010 annual report. You can view the full report here.