We must reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. We must step up as women and girls and take the lead.
Our story officially began on
2 December 2020.
The Amazon Leadership Initiative (TheALI) is a women and youth led non-profit organization that empowers women and girls, fosters inclusivity in leadership roles, provides mentorship, education and capacity development to alleviate gender inequality and address gender gaps in line with aspiration 6 of the African Union Agenda 2063 and goal 5 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030.
The Board of Directors
Crystal Ikanih-Musa is currently the Regional Advocacy Manager Africa region for Malala Fund, and previously served as the Nigeria Country Representative. Crystal began her professional career with a focus on human rights because of her desire to see the most marginalized groups actualize and enjoy their rights.
Achieng Akena is currently the Executive Director for International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) based in Kampala, Uganda. Achieng is a Kenyan lawyer and human rights and democracy practitioner with 22 years of experience in varied regions and contexts, from Botswana to Afghanistan.
Nonhlanhla Mokwena is the former Executive Director of People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) and served in this position for 10 years. Nonhlanhla Mokwena has a BA (Social Work) HONS and a Development and Training Practitioner Certificate with UNISA. In 2015 completed her Master’s in Philosophy focusing on Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa at the University of Pretoria.
Mary Izobo is the Founder and Executive Director of the Amazon Leadership Initiative (TheALI). Ms Izobo is an international human rights lawyer, gender equality advocate, and governance specialist. Prior to that, Ms Izobo was the Legal Advisor of the African Peer Review Mechanism, an organ of the African Union, and has worked for the United Nations, Pan-African Parliament,Institute for Strategic Litigation in Africa, and Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa.
Karen Ann Widess
Karen Ann Widess is a Lecturer at UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) School of Law and teaches in the LL.M. and MLS Legal Analysis, Writing and Research Programs and supervises research for Masters students.
Yase Godlo currently holds the position of CEO at The Beast Foundation and is also a Board Member of Amazon Leadership Initiative an African Young Women organisation. Yase has worked in different areas of social change and social justice and is driven by sustainable development approaches and strategic engagements.
Founder & Executive Director
Ms Izobo is an International Human Rights Lawyer, Gender Equality Advocate and Governance Expert. Driven by her passion to achieve democratic equal rights for all within her lifetime, she established and pioneered the legal unit and was the Legal Advisor of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), an organ of the African Union (AU), and has worked for the United Nations (UN), the African Union Commission (AUC), the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), the Institute for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA).
Social Media and
Ms Wamaya is a Gender and Human Rights Activist who is passionate about girl empowerment. She has a degree in Gender and Development Studies and over the years she has been engaged in several activities that are geared towards empowering and voicing the plight of the African girls.
Exildah Bwalya Mubanga
Ms Mubanga holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with Demography from the University of Zambia. She is passionate about working with young people and helping them realise their full potential. She is passionate about issues to do with gender and human rights, persons with disabilities particularly children, civic participation, climate change, socio-economic issues relating to young people and financial literacy.
Funding & Partnerships Associate
Ms Shidhika is a fearless Namibian and confident youth leader, banker, motivational speaker and Law student. She is a champion for girl empowerment, girl leadership and a mental health advocate. She has been involved in a number of charities and community building projects. Ms Shidhika also holds a honours degree in Marketing and Communication.
Prisca Mwamba Mambwe
Ms Mambwe is a second year Public Administration student at the Information and Communications University, Zambia. Ms Mambwe’s goal is to grow SMEs and do community work to help vulnerable women and girls in her country achieve their goals by empowering them with skills that will help them become financially independent
Ms Lawal is a law graduate from the University of Ibadan (UI). While at the university, she was the Founding Campus President of Girl Up UI, a registered chapter of the United Nations Organisation, Girl Up. She is passionate about advancing gender equality and human rights and has volunteered for several organisations including: Stand to End Rape, Global Youth Leadership and Girl-Child Foundation and Give Girls a Chance.