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About Hope Chigudu

Hope is a Ugandan living in Zimbabwe. She is a gender equality activist and consultant; organisational development expert and strategist with many African justice groups; MWENGO Board Member; former Chair, Global Fund for Women. She also co-authored Reviving Democracy: Citizens at the Heart of Governance, Commonwealth Secretariat: 2001.

Articles by Hope Chigudu

This week’s front page editor

Rosemary Bechler is a mainsite editor of openDemocracy

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Fighting violence against women: what happens when an organisation fails to follow its values

This is the anonymised true story of the premature death of one women's organisation. Its experience is not unique, and we must do better.

Hope's song: my companion in life's journey

On my way from Zimbabwe to Amsterdam I shared a seat with a man called Musi. He was curious about how I became a feminist and wondered if I was not borrowing western ideology...

Hope's reflections

Many of us travelled on the same flight from Houston to La Aurora International Airport. Our entry into Guatemala was grand. We were welcomed by Erin Allison and the other organisers.

There was a comfortable minibus waiting to take us to our hotel, Casa Santa Domingo in Antigua city. Six of us, an ‘assorted' group of sisters, enjoyed the unknown landscape, and each other's company.  A few of the sisters already knew each other but the others were meeting for the first time. We easily fell into a conversation that took us from the personal introduction to the introduction of our organisations. We shared our hopes and excitement for the conference and located ourselves in it. Before we went to our different rooms, we agreed to meet at the end of day two, go into town and explore pubs, restaurants, the remarkable history of Antigua; its taste, texture and smell.

Flying with Hope

WOMEN'S STRUGGLES FOR DEMOCRACY ON THE OUTSIDE 

This presentation is based on an imagined airplane conversation  between Hope Chigudu, other sisters and a man (fellow passenger) who introduced himself as Tino. 

Imagining: Hope in Guatemala

The year is 2013 and I am still savouring the wonderful time I had in Guatemala, during the Women Redefining Democracy conference in May, 2009. I remember the shining faces of the women I met, their colourful dresses, the dances, the variety of foods, the exchange of information, heated debates over glasses of wine and intergenerational conversations that went on till the wee hours of the morning.

Getting my visa was a nightmare, organizing my travel was energy sucking, the journey was long and draining but it was worth it. If another opportunity presented itself, I would do it again.

The year is 2013 and I am still savouring the wonderful time I had in Guatemala, during the Women Redefining Democracy conference in May, 2009. I remember the shining faces of the women I met, their colourful dresses, the dances, the variety of foods, the exchange of information, heated debates over glasses of wine and intergenerational conversations that went on till the wee hours of the morning.

Getting my visa was a nightmare, organizing my travel was energy sucking, the journey was long and draining but it was worth it. If another opportunity presented itself, I would do it again.

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