International Women’s Day: Celebrating African Women Leaders in Intellectual Property

Angélique Kidjo won her 2nd Grammy Award in 2015. The world renowned Beninoise singer-songwriter is Vice President of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC). CISAC is the umbrella body for copyright societies worldwide.

Angélique Kidjo won her 2nd Grammy Award in 2015. The world renowned Beninoise singer-songwriter is Vice President of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC). CISAC is the umbrella body for copyright societies worldwide.

Celebrated globally on 8th March, this year’s International Women’s Day highlights the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments 20 years ago that sets the agenda for realizing women’s rights. The official United Nations theme for International Women’s Day 2015 is “Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity: Picture It!”

“When we unleash the power of women, we can secure the future for all” – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for International Women’s Day 2015.

To mark this year’s International Women’s Day (#IWD2015), this blogger has compiled a list of some of the (influential) women (leaders) in intellectual property (IP) from Kenya and throughout English-speaking Africa. The women listed below (in no particular order) are primarily drawn from IP offices, academia, non-governmental organisations and the IP legal fraternity.

From Kenya, we celebrate Bernice Gachegu, Jane Wanjiru Wanyaga, Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Norah Olembo, Martha Maina, Pamela Andanda, Marisella Ouma, Jennifer Shamalla, Eunice Njuguna, Lois Muraguri, Michi Kirimi, Maria Mbeneka Mutua, Helen Koki, Rose Mboya, Betty Kiplagat, Catherine Bunyassi Kahuria, Elizabeth Munyi Njuguna, Doris N. Wambugu, Catherine Mputhia, Linda Opati, Elvine Apiyo, June Gachui, Angela Ndambuki, Sharon Chahale, Nancy Karanu, Millicent Ogutu, Judy Chebet, Lorna Mbatia, Phyllis Wangui Kamau, Anne Munene, Concilia Were, Melissa Omino, Caroline Muchiri, Sarah Okimaru Amoit, Terry Rotich, Muthoni Mucheru, Imelda Anika, Carole Theuri, Eddah Kiai, Larisa Onam, Auma Okelo, Neema Oriko, Ruth Kihuria, Lillian Makanga, Liz Lenjo, Susan Kibungi, Sarah Ochwada, Monicah Mburu, Elizabeth Oyange, Krystal Muindi, Esther Muiruri, Perpetua Njeri Mwangi and many more.

Within English-speaking Africa, we celebrate the following women IP leaders:-

Botswana:

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Staffnurse B. Lesetedi-Keothepile
Keitseng Nkah Monyatsi

Cameroon:

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Irene-Mélanie Gwenang
Magui Angèle Koubitobo Batisseck Spse Nnoko

Egypt:

EGYPT FLAG

Nagla Rizk
Attiat Ismail
Amal El Khafif

Ghana:

GHANA FLAG

Betty Mould-Iddrisu
Grace Issahaque
Yaa Attafua
Sarah Norkor Anku

Lesotho:

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‘Nyalleng Pii
Sentšuoe Ntseliseng Mohau

Liberia:

LIBERIA FLAG

Lilian Zalucatu Sisay
Mariam Seray Kallay

Malawi:

MALAWI FLAG

Beauty Movete
Dora Salamba-Makwinja
Catherine Zawanda

Namibia:

NAMIBIA FLAG

Maria Pogisho
Anna Husselmann
Ainna Vilengi Kaundu

Nigeria:

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Ruth Okediji
Nima Salman Mann
Uwa Ohiku
Uche Nwokocha
Lara Kayode

Rwanda:

RWANDA FLAG

Louise Kanyonga

South Africa:

SOUTH AFRICA FLAG

Astrid Ludin
Kerry Faul
Elena Zdravkova
Fleurette Coetzee
Amanda Lotheringen

Nothando Migogo
Tana Pistorius
Roshana Kelbrick
Lee-Ann Tong
Eve Gray
Nan Warner

Mariëtte Viljoen du Plessis
Suzaan Laing
Kelly Thompson
Nola Bond
Gaelyn Scott
Vicky Stilwell

Tertia Beharie
Sandra Clelland
Ilse du Plessis
Charné le Roux
Jean McIvor
Simonne Moodie
Leanne Mostert
Louise Myburgh
Tarryn Riley
Lucy Signorelli
Christine Strutt
Joanne van Harmelen
Bernadette Versfeld

Vanessa Ferguson
Jenny Pienaar
Lisa Mclwaine-Hill
Kay Rickelman
Donvay Wegierski
Ilse Joubert
Fiona Southwood
Paola Cirone

Swaziland:

SWAZILAND FLAG

Queen Matsebula

Tanzania:

TANZANIA FLAG

Doreen Sinare
Mtumwa Khatib Ameir
Judith Kadege
Maureen Fondo

Uganda:

UGANDA FLAG

Elizabeth Tamale
Juliet Nassuna
Joyce Banya
Mercy Kainobwisho Kyomugasho

Zimbabwe:

ZIMBABWE FLAG

Polisile Ncube
Caroline Ncube
Martha Chikowore
Sara Moyo
Brenda Matanga

It was truly humbling going through some of incredible achievements of the women listed above. However this blogger knows that this list is far from exhaustive and that there are many more phenomenal African women leaders influencing the IP space, including some who may be reading this blogpost. We celebrate you all!

Happy International Women’s Day, Africa!

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5 thoughts on “International Women’s Day: Celebrating African Women Leaders in Intellectual Property

  1. Pingback: I Larisa Onam was Celebrated as one of the African Women Leaders in Intellectual Property | larisaonam's Blog

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