We Empower Women After War
The African Women Rising staff, board, advisors, and directors are made up of individuals who are passionate about global women’s empowerment. Our board members and advisors are experts in various fields. Our staff in Uganda are from the communities where they work and their experience is critical to our success.
Functional Adult Literacy
Meet the core team for our literacy centers. This group are in charge of 44 centers, guiding 80 facilitators that teach close to 2,000 students.
The Field Crop and Permagarden program teams work closely together. Patrick (third from left) is our energetic leader and passionate about bringing the best programing possible to the over 5,000 women in our agricultural programs. Patrick and his teams work together with 8 assistants and 45 community mobilizers.
Girls Education Program
No, Nighty is not alone! The rest of the GEP team was conducting trainings for teachers on photo day. Nighty is part of a team of 4 assistants and 40 mentors, working together with 1,500 girls in 12 schools.
Irene (third from left) started as a community mobilizer and is now in charge of the whole Micro Finance program. Having worked her way up she knows our program inside and out. Irene skillfully leads a staff of 5 assistants and 15 community mobilizers.
This is the team that keeps us all in check – Sarah keeps the books, Kevin cooks, Ronny is our driver, Irene is finance assistant and Prossy does everything.
Our programs are run by a dedicated team of community mobilizers. They are at the frontline of our work and provide technical support and encouragement to all the women in our programs. All CM’s come from the communities where they work. This includes work done with South Sudanese refugees. 15 of our mentors and CM’s are refugees themselves.
The Girls Education program has 40 mentors that work closely together with the teachers at the 12 schools where we work. Our mentors provide academic support and keep track of all the students to ensure they attend school on a regular basis.
The Functional Adult Literacy program employs 80 facilitators who lead the instruction at our 44 centers. Our facilitators are trained in the REFLECT methodology, an innovative approach to adult learning that emphasizes community participation and social change.
Board of Directors
Independent Consultant in Agriculture and Livelihood
Founder and managing partner of Alante Capital
Joy Margolis, Esq.
Founder and owner of Joy for Creators, Strategic Business Advisor
Activist and Marketing Consultant
Founder and owner of Harvest Santa Barbara
Executive Director, Leading from Within
Member of Parliament, Uganda
USAID Spring Project
Jordan Tappero, MD
Director of Global Health Protection, Center for Disease Control
Hilal Elver, PhD
Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, UN
John O. Niles
Lecturer in Global Carbon Science and Politics
Early Childhood Care & Development Specialist, Save the Children
Dyan Mazurana, PhD
Research Director at Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
Associate Director, International Development Innovation Network, MIT
Marketing & Trend Consultant, Entrepreneur
President, Miltonian Capital Management
Ton van der Leeden
Development Director, retired