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Saida Ali is the Project Manager of the African Women Leaders Symposium (AWLS). She is a seasoned advocacy strategist with expertise on matters of movement building, addressing violence against women and girls (VAWG) and more than 15 years’ experience of Africa regional and national level advocacy and indelible results in UN level advocacy. Her work in the recent past has focused on international policy analysis and strengthening the participation of African women in global policy processes. Her human rights career spans 15 years of work on women’s rights; addressing various forms for discrimination and inequalities affecting women and girls, the intersection between violence against women and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), young women’s leadership, ending the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage. 

Saida is an alumnus (2007) of the prestigious Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellowship Program of the African Leadership Institute (AfLI). She is one of the founding Trustees of the Young Women’s Leadership Institute (YWLI).

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