Theo Sowa

African Women's Development Fund

Theo Sowa is CEO of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), a grantmaking foundation that supports local, national and regional women’s organisations working towards the empowerment of African women and the promotion and realization of their rights.

Theo is a respected, experienced leader and advocate in international social development, with an emphasis on children’s rights and protection issues. Her work includes advisory roles to African and other international women and children’s rights activists and leaders, policy development and advocacy with multiple international agencies and organisations. She served as Senior Programme Advisor on the UN Study of Children and Armed conflict (The Machel Report) and led the five-year review of the report.

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