|Dr. Steve Howard
Institute for the African Child
Dr. Howard founded the IAC in 1999 with this purpose, “The child means the family, the child means the future, the child means the community…We want to find the most productive way to address African problems in a manner that reflects African perspectives.” In this photo: Dr. Howard (on left) with Dr. Edna Adan.
|International Advisory Board:|
|Mr. Thomas Mapfumo, Honorary Chair
Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited are a band from Zimbabwe. Influenced by traditional music (traditional instrument called the mbira, or thumb piano) from Zimbabwe and improvised with modern music, the band has come a long way. "Our music speaks for the people. We are influenced by the people who are struggling at home. Their voices have been silenced. Someone has got to talk."
Ms. Firdoze Bulbulia,
Dr. Kole Shettima
|Justice Unity Dow
The High Court Botswana
Botswana High Court Justice Unity Dow was the first female appointed to Botswana's High Court. Named in 1998, Justice Dow has a long history of advocating for the rights of women in Africa. She was elected to the International Commission of Jurists in 2004 and to its executive committee in 2006. As founder (in 1990) and director (from 1994 to 1998) of the Metlhaetsile Women's Information Centre, Justice Dow worked to promote the human rights of women and children. She coordinated the Women & Law in Southern Africa Research Project, engaging in a six-country study of women's rights. She was also plaintiff in a ground-breaking case that overturned Botswana's nationality law, thereby propelling passage of legislation enabling women to pass their nationality on to their children. She studied law at the University of Botswana and Swaziland, with two years at Edinburgh University, Scotland. Justice Dow received the William Brennan Human Rights Award and an honorary degree from Kenyon College. Unity Dow is also a well-known fiction writer, having published four novels to wide critical acclaim.
| Dr. Prisca Nemapare
|Dr. Asma Abdel Halim
University of Toledo, OH
Dr. Asma Abdel Halim is Assistant Professor at the department of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Toledo, Ohio. She holds a Ph.D. in Education, Social Studies, College of Education and a MAIA (Master in International Affairs) – African Studies from Ohio University. Dr. Adel Halim earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Commercial Law from the Faculty of law, University of Khartoum, Sudan.
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