Aisha Fofana Ibrahim
Aisha Fofana Ibrahim is a feminist scholar and activist and one of Sierra Leone’s foremost scholars and practitioners in Gender and Development. She is the immediate past Director for the Institute for Gender Research and Documentation (INGRADOC) at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone and also president of the 50/50 group of Sierra Leone, a prominent civil society organization in Sierra Leone that focuses on ensuring women’s equal political representation, and promoting gender equality in Sierra Leone. As an academic and practitioner, Dr. Fofana Ibrahim straddles the divide between policy and practice, both teaching about gender to graduate students as well as promoting women’s empowerment in practice. As a gender activist, her current advocacy work is on ensuring that the new revised constitution does not continue to marginalize women and that it meets the gendered needs of all citizens. Her current academic research focus is on gender and artisanal mining and the impact of Ebola on women and girls but has also worked on women’s political participation, women in war and peacebuilding.