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The 2012 MMMF Grant Recipients Forum

Begins:   May 14, 2012 15:00
Ends:   May 14, 2012 17:00

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The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund is pleased to present the 2012 grantees from US and Canadian universities. Do not miss the opportunity to hear these impressive women share their stories and aspirations.

Please come to

the 2012 MMMF Grant Recipients Forum

Keynote Speaker: Jeni Klugman, Director Gender & Development

Monday May 14, 2012; 3:00–5:00pm

World Bank Main Complex Room: C2–131

1818 H Street NW, Washington DC 20433

Event co-sponsored by the World Bank Gender Network.

Reception will follow

IMPORTANT: If you do not have a World Bank or IMF photo ID, please register with us so that we can leave your name with security.

Below are the 2012 Grant recipients as well as a short bio; longer bios are available on MMMF website.


Patience Akelen era Afulani—Ghana

Sukriye Karaosmanoglu Grantee

PhD candidate, Public Health and Community Sciences, Univ. of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA

Ms. Afulani’s thesis will identify community-based approaches to maternal and child health based on a case study of the Nutrition and Malaria Control for Child Survival Project in Ghana. Coming from one of Ghana’s most deprived regions, she organized and participated in health outreach programs mainly for women and children in deprived communities. Ms. Afulani plans to return to Ghana to teach, engage in research and a public health practice, and continue to work as a primary care clinician.

Chewachong Patience Meninkele Akih—Cameroon

MEd candidate, Computer Integrated Education, Univ. of Pretoria, ZA

Ms. Akih’s thesis will identify pedagogical best practices in teaching mathematics using information and communication technology (ICT). Coming from a deprived background, she had to teach to pay for her undergraduate studies. Realizing that Cameroon lacks educational materials for effective teaching and learning of ICT in the classroom, she plans to become a vocational education teacher. Ms. Akih plans to return to Cameroon to develop the curriculum and documentation to train women and girls in ICT

Tuti Alawiyah—Indonesia

PhD candidate, Social Work, Univ. of Texas at Austin, USA

Ms. Alawiyah’s thesis will examine the impact of social capital on the health and quality of life of low-income Indonesian women. She has been involved with several women’s organizations. She co-founded a women students’ organization to raise awareness about gender equality and promote women’s rights at her university. She plans to teach social work, do research, and help establish a community-based organization to improve the lives of women and children through counseling, empowerment, and microfinance.

Boipelo Freude—Botswana

PhD candidate, Rural Development Planning, Univ. of Pretoria, ZA

Ms. Freude’s thesis, which will rank households in Limpopo Province, Botswana, by their food insecurity and vulnerability status, aims to link research with policymaking and programs. She completed her BSc on a scholarship and her MSc in Germany, using her own savings. Ms. Freude has set up an NGO to improve policies and interventions for rural women and malnourished children. She plans to pursue research that benefits the poorest and food insecure groups, including small-scale farmers.

Samphoas Huy—Cambodia

Charlotte Conable Grantee

MA candidate, International Relations and Affairs, Rutgers Univ., USA

MA International Relations (2012) Ms. Huy’s thesis will research how Cambodian women dealt with atrocities, struggled for justice, and rebuilt post-genocidal Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge (KR) fell. She worked in the Courts of Cambodia and the Genocide Education Project of the Documentation Center, gaining research skills and knowledge of the trials of Cambodians under KR rule. After graduating, Ms. Huy will research and lecture on human rights and genocide and raise funds to educate talented young girls from the Cambodian countryside.

Sandra Sherila Jatoonah—Mauritius

MSocSc candidate, Social Development, Univ. of Cape Town, ZA

Ms. Jatoonah’s thesis aims to identify the support currently available to caregivers in non-profit organizations and the support they need to work efficiently and balance work and family needs. She found her purpose in life in 2007 when she volunteered in shelters and programs for children, young mothers, and the elderly – the most vulnerable groups in Mauritius. Ms. Jatoonah plans to work with the government and NGOs to develop projects to improve the lives of women, children, the battered and the abused.

Luz Jimenez Quispe —Bolivia

BFSFCU Grantee

PhD candidate, Education, Univ. of Arizona, USA

Ms. Quispe’s thesis will analyze how Bolivia’s urban Aymara youth use indigenous languages, Spanish, and English in many areas including cyberspace. She has promoted programs for poor indigenous women in urban areas. Ms. Quispe plans to return to Bolivia to help prepare youth for academic and political leadership through higher education in indigenous universities, research, and education policies. She also plans to work with the Education Ministry to develop new curricula for indigenous and poor children.

Makondo Miyoba Kabinga—Zambia

MPhil candidate, Public Policy and Administration, Univ. of Cape Town, ZA

Ms. Kabinga’s thesis assesses whether privatization of urban water services has improved access, efficiency, tariff levels, affordability, and cost recovery in Zambia. Despite extreme hardship, she completed her BA and gained admission into the Honors and Masters Programmes at Cape Town University on the strength of her exceptional academic record and part-time work. Ms. Kabinga plans to work as an Administrative Officer at the Zambian Health Ministry and lecture at the University of Zambia.

Taatsu Petrina Kapewangolo—Namibia

PhD candidate, Biochemistry, Univ. of Pretoria, ZA

Ms. Kapewangolo’s thesis will explore plant species, particularly the Lamiaceae family, to identify less toxic treatment options for HIV/AIDS. She did her MSc research in Europe and two African countries under an EU funded project. She plans to set up the first laboratory in Namibia to identify and screen medicinal plants for treating HIV/AIDS and train students. She will team up with farmers and traditional healers, who know about medicinal plants, to set up farms and train women and children to grow them.

Seon Mi Kim—Republic of South Korea

MSW/PhD candidate, Social Work, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA

Ms. Kim’s thesis will investigate whether gender-based discriminatory policies keep women out of many microenterprise fields. She worked for ten years to eradicate gender discrimination in the S. Korean job market. She also did research on microenterprise training programs for low-income immigrant women in the US. She plans to teach and conduct research on social work, help develop social welfare policies and programs for low-income and single women, and assist women’s movements at the community level.

Chrispina Shoseharuwa Lekule—Tanzania

PhD candidate, Education Leadership and Policy Studies, Univ. of Windsor, CA

Ms. Lekule’s thesis will examine the experiences of vulnerable children in school, the challenges teachers face, and the strategies they use to meet the children’s needs. Having helped needy women and children in a variety of ways such as mentoring and arranging scholarships, Ms. Lekule is committed to improving their lives through teaching, research, and community development. She plans to work as a university professor and researcher in Tanzania and hopes to influence public policies for women and children.

Natalia Lobo-Guerrero—Colombia

MA candidate, Professional Studies in Art Therapy, Pratt Institute, USA

Ms. Lobo-Guerrero’s thesis will study the impact of art therapy to reduce post traumatic stress disorders in displaced women in Colombia. Working with female artisans in slums, she created and managed a cultural program at the Fundacion Granitos de Paz, an NGO. Ms. Lobo-Guerrero plans to make art therapy an integral part of treatment programs for children battling life-threatening diseases. She also plans to work pro-bono to provide psychological aid to women and children affected by the war.

Nafisa Mohammadi—Afghanistan

MBA & MA candidate, Economic Development, Clark Univ., USA

Ms. Mohammadi’s consulting project, for her dual degree program, will develop a market niche for Afghan women’s handicrafts. She has assisted immigrant women entrepreneurs in Worcester, Massachusetts; helped destitute widows and families run businesses in Afghanistan; and provided access to education and financial support for Afghan youth. She will return to Afghanistan to develop business opportunities for small enterprises and entrepreneurial women and set up her own consulting /business projects.

Joanne Kinya Mugambi—Kenya

MA candidate (MSW), Social Work, Univ. of Calgary, CA

Ms. Mugambi’s thesis will investigate the challenges that prevent African youth from integrating in Canadian society as well as identify interventions for schools and other such service providers. She has worked extensively with refugees for six years, in ten countries, and fifteen cities. She also hopes to use her skills as a writer and an artisan to help women heal. She plans to work as a counselor and facilitator in refugee camps across Africa with women and children recovering from trauma.

Nihal Omar A Natour—West Bank & Gaza

Leila Zlaoui Memorial Grantee

PhD candidate, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, McGill Univ., CA

Ms. Natour’s thesis will study the correlation between bone health, insulin sensitivity, vitamin D, and diet among aboriginal people in Canada. She attaches priority to the well-being of poor women and children, focusing on allergy, asthma, diabetes, and osteoporosis. She plans to return to Palestine to work on health projects and do research on food security and nutrition during pregnancy and childhood and the incidence of disease among marginalized women and children.

Vuledzani Princess Ndanganeni—South Africa

BA (Hons) candidate, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Univ. of Pretoria, ZA

While Ms. Ndanganeni pursues an Honors program in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), she is providing early AAC intervention to children with severe communication and physical disabilities, as well as speech therapy and audiology services to women. She intends to pursue an MAin Early Communication Intervention. Ms. Ndanganeni plans to train staff in schools and centers for people with disabilities and do pro bono work in communities that need funding for high technology AAC devices.

Haddy Njie—The Gambia

PhD candidate, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Florida State Univ., USA

Ms. Njie’s thesis will study the uses of literacy skills among women in peri-urban areas of Banjul, The Gambia’s capital. She has focused on deepening her understanding of the situation of African women, including such issues as genital mutilation and early marriage. She plans to return to The Gambia as a faculty member in the National University, link students and faculty with local women’s and community development associations, undertake research, and advocate policies on gender bias in education.

Kefiloe Audrey Sello —Lesotho

MA candidate, Social Anthropology, Univ. of Cape Town, ZA

Ms. Sello’s thesis will analyze the efficacy of Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) for Lesotho’s rural women. Despite her disadvantaged background, she was able to obtain admission in the Universities of Lesotho and Cape Town. As a student, she took the lead in volunteering and setting up NGOs. She plans to help women through university teaching in Lesotho; conducting research; working with NGOs; and promoting small do-it-yourself projects, distance learning, and ICT skills.

Rakhat Zholodoshalieva —Kyrgystan

EdD candidate, Education, Univ. of Toronto, CA

Ms. Zholdoshalieva’s thesis explores the changing relationship between education and Kyrgyzstan’s society and economy, particularly labor markets, in the context of the country’s rapid social transformation since independence. She has taught in teacher education programs and researched the gender aspects of education in Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan to help inform policy makers and practitioners. She plans to join a university to develop a culture of research and support gender-based reform in Kyrgyzstan.

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