Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi

Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi is a feminist activist, writer and thinker. She has many years of experience as a gender specialist, social entrepreneur, policy advocate, and social change philanthropy practitioner. She served as the Director of Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMWA), an international development organisation for African women based in London, UK, from 1991-2001, where she established the African Women’s Leadership Institute which has produced over 6,000 women leaders across Africa.

She co-founded the African Women's Development Fund, (AWDF) - the first Africa-wide grant-making fund, and served as the first Executive Director from 2001-2010. AWDF has played a key role in the promotion of feminist movement building in Africa.

Bisi is the author of ‘Speaking for Myself’: Perspectives on Social, Political and Feminist Activism in Africa (2013), Speaking above a Whisper’, (2013) an autobiography and ‘Loud Whispers’ (2017) She also co-edited ‘Voice, Power and Soul’, with Jessica Horn (2008) a compilation of images and stories of African Feminists.

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