Executive Director of leading African women’s rights network joins Womankind Worldwide

Bridie Taylor | Feb 27, 2019
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Womankind Worldwide welcomes Dinah Musindarwezo, former Executive Director of FEMNET, as Director of Policy and Communications

Womankind Worldwide appoints Dinah Musindarwezo, former Executive Director of FEMNET – the African Women’s Development and Communication Network, as Director of Policy and Communications. Named one of the 100 most influential people in gender policy, Dinah is a prominent and persuasive leader in the women’s movement. An accomplished and passionate  advocate, she has over 13 years’ experience working on gender and development, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights at national, African and international levels.

A feminist to the core, Dinah has played an instrumental role in strengthening African women’s voices and influence throughout her career. As Executive Director of FEMNET, Dinah led efforts to influence key international, regional and national policies, most notably the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063 among others. 

Currently, Dinah serves on UN Women East and Southern Africa Regional Civil Society Advisory Group and is a Board Member of Amplify Change Fund, Article 19 East and Horn of Africa regional Office and Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH). Dinah has previously worked for Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) in Rwanda, as a Gender and Governance Advisor and Gender Equality Specialist overseeing their portfolio on women’s rights. Dinah also worked with Kigali City Council to support the economic empowerment of women and girls in Kigali, Uganda.

Caroline Haworth, Womankind Worldwide CEO said, “I am truly delighted to welcome Dinah on board.  Dinah’s appointment at the core of Womankind’s senior leadership and policy & communications teams offers an important opportunity to increase our global influence and strengthen our responsiveness to and solidarity with our sisters in the African and international women’s movements.”      

Dinah Musindarwezo, Director of Policy and Communications added, “I am thrilled to be joining Womankind Worldwide, an organisation that shares my vision of a just world where gender equality and the rights of all women and girls are fully realised. Now more than ever, the bold leadership and solidarity of women rights organisations is needed to resist growing pushback on women’s rights across the world. I am happy to be joining a dedicated team of women and men to carry forward this vision, working in collaboration with other women, their organisations and movements.”

Womankind Worldwide is a global women’s rights organisation and the UK’s leading authority on international women’s rights. Womankind works in solidarity and equal partnership with women’s rights organisations and movements to transform the lives of women in Africa and Asia. Founded on International Women’s Day 1989, Womankind supports more than 12 million people annually to transform their lives and communities. In 2019, Womankind will celebrate its 30th Anniversary: a year in which the organisation will reflect on the huge gains made advancing  women’s rights around the world and strive to stimulate increased support for women’s movements to protect hard won gains, increase resilience to backlash and move the women’s rights agenda forward.

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About Womankind Worldwide

Womankind Worldwide is a global women’s rights organisation working in solidarity and equal partnership with women’s rights organisations and movements to transform the lives of women. Our vision is of a just world where the rights of all women are respected, valued and realised. Womankind supports women’s movements to strengthen and grow by providing a range of tools, including technical support, communications, connectivity and shared learning, joint advocacy and fundraising. Founded on International Women’s Day 1989, Womankind supports more than 12 million people annually to transform their lives and communities. Over the past 30 years, Womankind has supported women to get elected, empowered women to assert their economic rights and independence and contributed to ending domestic violence, Female Genital Mutilation and early and forced marriage. By supporting women’s movements, Womankind has changed laws and policies that oppress women, led calls for better support and funding for women’s rights organisations and bolstered the global women’s movement in its pursuit of equality.





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