Educating girls and women vaults to the top of humanitarian agenda

“We are thrilled to have this recognition at this critical moment. So much is at stake. Around the world we are faced with the question: ‘How do we navigate the impact of COVID and climate change without turning back the clock on women and girls?’ The Hilton Humanitarian Prize shines a bright light on our movement, rising from Africa. This Prize belongs to our communities, for rallying around the education and leadership of young women who know intimately what poverty and exclusion feel like, and what it takes for girls to succeed. Because when girls succeed, and women lead, we can tackle the world’s most intractable challenges together.” – Angeline Murimirwa, CAMFED Executive Director – Africa

Doris Mponji with a group of young women she taught, as a CAMFED Transition Guide, how to make tomato sauce. (Prior to COVID-19) (Photo: Doris Mponji). From CAMFED blog.

“CAMFED was founded in 1993 in response to the scale of girls’ exclusion from education, and in recognition of the transformative benefits that accrue when the right to education is secured for all girls. What began in Zimbabwe as a program supporting 32 girls in two schools has now become a movement that has already supported more than 4.8 million disadvantaged students in 6,787 schools across 163 districts in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.”

“CAMFED’s model, which has been thoroughly tested and refined, provides financial and social support for girls to attend and thrive in primary and secondary school. Post-school, CAMFED provides business training, finance, and support for young women to access higher education and employment opportunities, so that they can safely transition to a secure and fulfilling adulthood. Those joining the CAMFED Association commit to mentoring and supporting each other, as well as the next generation, as they grow into respected role models in their communities, working to secure every child’s right to go to school, and change the status quo for girls for good.”

“CAMFED’s Executive Director, Angeline Murimirwa, was one of the first young women to receive support from CAMFED to go to secondary school and is a founding member of the CAMFED Association. She now oversees the delivery of CAMFED’s mission, 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.”

This is a huge vote in favour of educating girls and women, and the people who administer the Conrad M. Hilton Humanitarian Prize – the world’s largest – say that CAMFED has ‘cracked the code’ on how to make education of girls and women a reality. Congratulations to CAMFED, and read and watch more here…..