AMwA was born in the UK 30 years ago over a cup of tea, in a sister’s kitchen. Born in a world where there is more preference for baby sons, AMwA though a girl, she was a wanted child. It was conceived after a careful analysis and understanding of the situation of African women in UK- the loneliness, marginalization, lack of space for organizing for their own rights and visibility, and the need to give back to the women back home in Africa.
A group of women who believed that ‘our issues as African women are interconnected’ worked on a voluntary basis. Early activities included self-help programs, specifically helping African women transition into life in the United Kingdom.
For many of the women, AMwA became home, an oasis, a place for finding one’s soul. It was a home where they were not afraid to speak about themselves, craft their own agenda and analyse their own issues. AMwA became a space where the many voices of African women were woven into a composition of living, connected thinking and ideas.
We pay great tribute to our visionary sisters; Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, Anne Mubanga (RIP) and Dr. Wanjiru Kihoro (RIP) who with others brought to life the AMwA that has continued to shape the African women’s feminist epistemology.