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Joyce Akumaa Dongotey-Padi
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Women's and Children's Rights and Development
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Award-winning Actress, Women's Rights Activist, Television and Radio Personality.
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Akumaa Mama Zimbi
Founder and Executive Director
Mama Zimbi Foundation
"World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Award Laureate for Sustainability"
Dr. Joyce Akumaa Dongotey-Padi (known in public life as Akumaa Mama Zimbi) is a Ghanaian women's rights leader, television and radio talk show host, actress, philanthropist, sex educator, relationship expert and marriage counselor. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF), a non-governmental organization which seeks to empower and support widows through its Widows Alliance Network (WANE) project, and also involve in the issues Adolescents Sexual Reproductive Health. She is a World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Award Laureate for Sustainability.
Training the woman in refugee communities to have self confidence, discipline and economic freedom will go a long way to help in raising her children in a refugee camp. Taking charge of their lives and becoming agents or ambassadors of hope in a refugee community can curb delinquency among the children and even manage or avoid communicable diseases that usually attack refugee communities. One encouraging part of this project is that funds provided to one group is taking back and given to another group after they have used it to work for sometime and each individual benefiting from the profits. So the funds keep rotating among the groups. WANE promotes communalism as opposed to individualism. Members are advised to work in groups and seek each other's wellbeing beyond ethnic, political and religious beliefs. This proven approach brings solidarity, peace, trust, social cohesion and order.
A sizable number of refugee women are likely to be widows. Being a refugee is a very devastating and tormenting experience in any ones life especially for a single mother or a widow with her children. Looking at the psychological and economic burden that befalls a woman who is experiencing a war or recovering from a war, coupled with losing her husband in the war and probably her children, a project such as WANE that applies sustainable informal entrepreneurial and vocational educational packages can be of great help to her. With our philosophy of the projects being that "If you educate a woman, you educate the whole community or nation," educating women to have sustainable socio-economic freedoms in a refugee camp will go along way to cushion the lost hope and endless needs of a refugee camp or community. And by the time their refugee status is over, they would have acquired skills and can be self reliant and supports themselves and the upbringing of their children, if any.