Five Quotes from African Women on Womanhood

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

As part of our International Women’s Day (IWD) series, we bring you five quotes from African women celebrating womanhood.

1. Wangari Maathai, Kenyan political activist and Nobel Laureate

Wangari Maathai

2. Graca Machel, Mozambican politician and humanitarian

Graca Machel Photo: WHO


3. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President of Liberia

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

4. Tsitsi Dangarembga, Zimbabwean author and filmmaker

Tsitsi Dangarembga
Tsitsi Dangarembga

5. Nawal el-Saadawi, Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician, and psychiatrist

Nawal el-Saadawi
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