These are some people and organizations who do amazing work in Africa, and that inspire me. If you can, learn more about them. You won’t be disappointed:
Eve Ensler: Eve Ensler is a playwright, performer, and activist, best known for her play, The Vagina Monologues. Her experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. Follow her on Twitter @eveensler
V-Day: V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti¬violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sex slavery.
Enough Project: The Enough Project is helping to build a permanent constituency to prevent genocide and crimes against humanity. Enough was conceived in 2006 by a small group of concerned policymakers and activists who wanted to transform their frustration about inaction into pragmatic solutions and hope. Co-founded by Africa experts Gayle Smith and John Prendergast, Enough launched in early 2007 as a project of the Center for American Progress. John Bradshaw is Enough’s Executive Director. Enough conducts intensive field research in countries plagued by genocide and crimes against humanity, develops practical policies to address these crises, and shares sensible tools to help empower citizens and groups working for change. Our initial work has focused on grave challenges in a number of African countries: Sudan, eastern Congo, northern Uganda, Somalia, Chad and Zimbabwe.
Save Darfur: Save Darfur is an advocacy group calling for international intervention in the Darfur genocide in the Eastern African state of Sudan. Based in the United States, it is a coalition of more than 180 religious, political, and human rights organizations designed to campaign for a response to the atrocities of the war in Darfur, in the three Sudanese federal states that make up the region of Darfur. The result has become a global humanitarian crisis, with official estimates averaging around 299,000, as of early 2010, as a result of ethnic cleansing, disease and starvation.
Tiffany Persons: Tiffany Persons is the founder and director of Shine On Sierra Leone, an innovative non-profit organization that actively raises awareness for Sierra Leone’s incredible needs and creates sustainable programs to promote thriving self-sufficient communities and rich cultural experiences in both Sierra Leone and the United States. Follow Tiffany on Twitter @tiffanypersons
Shine On Sierra Leone: Shine on Sierra Leone’s mission is to “shine a light” on Sierra Leone’s needs and create sustainable programs to promote thriving self-sufficient communities. Sierra Leone barely survived a brutal 11-year civil war and the post-war facts about the country are not easy to digest. With some of the lowest life expectancy rates and poorest healthcare conditions, it is the 7th poorest country and about 1/3 of the population has been displaced. The people of Sierra Leone are ready to transform their struggling communities into thriving, sustainable regions.
Diaspora African Women’s Network: The mission of the Diaspora African Network is to develop and support talented women and girls of the African diaspora focused on African affairs. It strives to provide leadership, mentorship, and professional opportunities related to Africa. It wants to promote community services projects in minority and immigrant neighborhoods.
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