March 28, 2013 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

Photo: Allyson Larkin and Maimuna Kanyamala

King’s was pleased to host the 2011 Tanzanian Woman of Courage, Maimuna Kanyamala, as a guest speaker through the Centre for Social Concern.  Through Kanyamala’s association with King’s professor Allyson Larkin and her research into the development of partnerships between universities and communities, Kanyamala spoke on Gender, Development and Opportunity in Tanzania. 

“I have enjoyed the positive exchange of knowledge and skills with the community at King’s,” said Kanyamala. “It is a wonderful opportunity to be able to provide practical learning experiences for the students.”

Kanyamala is the former executive director of the Kivulini Women’s Rights Centre in Mwanza and a strong advocate for the women, especially in the area of stopping domestic violence within East Africa.  Currently, she is working on opening a museum on the history of women in Africa in partnership with Katherine McKenna, PhD, graduate chair of Western’s Women’s Studies & Feminist Research department. 

“Creating this museum is an exciting opportunity as it will be one of the few museums in Africa,” said Kanyamala. “To create a museum devoted to the advancement of women specifically is really quite remarkable.”