1. Aoua Keita, 1912-1980, Mali, First President of PAWO. Freedom fighter under the RDA and first female MP in her country.
2. Adelaide Tambo (1929-2007) South Africa, Represented ANC Women’s league at Dares Salaam 1962
3. Putuse Apollos (1930-1986) Namibia /South Africa. Represented SWAPO women at Dar es Salaam founding conference. Later worked in the PAWO Algiers office for over 14 years. Died in Zambia in exile her remains were later repatriated to Namibia.
4. Bibi Titi Mohamed (1926-2000) Tanzania. Leader of UWT, women’s league of the ruling Party TANU, Organizing committee of the founding conference in 1962.
5. Betty Kaunda (1928-2012) Zambia. Represented UNIP women’ league and chaired the 1962 Conference. Was later First Lady of Zambia (1964-1991)
6. Angie Brooks (1928-2007) Liberia. Represented her country at the Dar es Salaam conference. Later became the first African woman to preside over the United Nations General Assembly 24th Session 1969 and only one of four women to do so in the 76-year history of the UN.
7. Jeanne Martin Cisse (1926-2017) Guinea. First PAWO Secretary General, worked with members of the Ghana-Guinea-Ghana Women’s Committee and other colleagues in the run up to the Dar es Salaam founding conference. First woman in the history of the UN to chair the Security Council in November 1972.
8. Margaret Wambui Kenyatta (1928-2017) Kenya Attended WIDF Conference in Vienna in 1958 at which 5 African women decided to set up their own continental organization. Attended Dar Conference. Was later the first African woman Mayor of Nairobi and her country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environment Programme today known as UN Environment.
9. Radhia Haddad (1922-2003). From the National Union of Tunisian Women, a noted militant for girls’ education having been forced to drop out of school at the age of 12.
9. Ms. Judith (Yodit) Imru (?-2007). Ethiopia. Diplomat at her country’s UN Mission from the early 50’sand later Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs.
10. Jeanne Gervais (1922-2012). Côte d’Ivoire. A teacher and education inspector by profession. Was a PAWO founder in 1962.Participated in Women’s protest March in December 1949 at Grand Bassam. Member of Parliament later first woman Cabinet Minister in her country. .
11. Ida Victorine Ngampolo (born in 1952-Congo-Brazzaville). Led Congo delegation to Dar es Salaam. Served as Assistant Secretary General in Algiers and organized 10th anniversary festivities in 1972.Was later Head of the Congo Red Cross, MD of MTN Congo and now Mayor of the Brazzaville borough of Djiri .
12. Trénou Marguerite Thompson (1921-2008) Togo. Originally a teacher and Principal of the Rufisque Normal School for girls, she later trained as a lawyer and was Togo’s first woman advocate graduating from Abidjan in 1971.She was called to the Bar in 1972 and served as Secretary General of the Chamber of Commerce, Director of the National Social Security Fund and elected to Parliament as one of 6 women in 1979.
13. Rebecca Mulira. Was a Ugandan women’s rights advocate and social activist. One of the earliest Ugandans to travel to the USA, 1950s the fact that so little was known about Uganda in the United States at the time she and Kate Kibuuka visited that country in the early 1950s. A measure of that ignorance may be gathered from the fact that when Rebeccas companion Kate Kibuuka was asked to make her speech to the UWCA Conference, she was introduced as Mrs. Uganda.
14. Likimani Muthoni Kenyan activist and writer, who has published works of both fiction and non-fiction, as well as children’s books. In her career she has also been a broadcaster, actress, teacher and publisher. She was the first Kenyan beauty queen, the first African to establish a public relations firm in Kenya and one of the country’s earliest female authors.
15. Pumla Ellen Ngozwana Kisosonkole. Kisosonkole was born in South Africa in 1911 to Methodist church ministers. She received education at mission schools and attended the University of Fort Hare. She travelled to London, furthering her education at the Institute of Education. She then wrote the pamphlet “Education as I Saw It in England”. She married Ugandan Christopher Kisosonkole in 1939. They moved to Uganda, where Pumla became involved in politics. She spent eight years as a senior community development officer and taught at King’s College Budo. In 1956 she was nominated to the Uganda Legislative Council (LEGCO) of the Protectorate Government. She was the first African woman to enter the legislative council. She served as a representative in the legislature during Uganda’s transition from a British colony to independence. She started a four-year stretch as president of the Uganda Council of Women in 1957. She was the first African to serve in that role. From 1959 to 1962 she was president of the International Council of Women.
16. Maria Nyerere (born Maria Waningu Gabriel Magige; December 31, 1930) served as the inaugural First Lady of Tanzania from 1964 to 1985.
17. Joyce Mpanga She is the Author of the book ‘it’s a pity she is not a boy’ Joyce Mpanga began her career as a teacher at Makerere College in 1958 and headmistress of Gayaza High School in 1962. During her time in Makerere, Mpanga was elected onto the Uganda Legislative Council in 1960. Mpanga left for England in exile after the 1966 attack of Lubiri and returned to Uganda in 1972. While in England, she was an elementary school teacher. In 1988, Mpanga became Uganda’s first Minister of Women in Development.
18. Phoebe Asiyo (born 1932) Kenya Phoebe Asiyo former parliamentarian of Kenya, ambassador to the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), mother, and grand mother.She was UNIFEM’s ambassador from 1988 to 1992.She was the first woman elevated to the position of Luo elder for her efforts to promote education for girls, women’s rights, and gender equality in Kenya. Fondly called Mama Asiyo, she has dedicated her life to improving the political arena in Kenya, the role of women and girls, and those affected by the HIV epidemic. She was the first woman in Kenya with its 42 communities to become elder.
20. Maria Ruth Neto
21. Fatia Nkuruma