TEDWomen 2013: Invented Here

We've moved! For up-to-date information on TEDWomen 2013, please visit our new home.

Join us December 5th, 2013 in San Francisco, or get involved by hosting a TEDxWomen event ››


  • TEDxWomen

Musimbi Kanyoro

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro is President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, a public foundation that invests in women-led organizations and courageous women to advance the rights of women and girls worldwide. Prior to the Global Fund, she served with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in California, USA, and the World YWCA and Lutheran World Federation, both based in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Kanyoro is an award-winning, passionate advocate for women and girls’ health and human rights, and social change philanthropy. She serves on the Global Committee of the Council on Foundations, is a member of the Aspen Institute Leaders Council, and the UNFPA/IPPF high-level taskforce for reproductive health. She also serves on the boards of CARE, IntraHealth, and CHANGE. Dr. Kanyoro has more than twenty years of experience with international organizations, has served on the international steering committee for the Beijing world conference on women, and has led delegations to five United Nations World Conferences throughout the 1990s. Dr. Kanyoro received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nairobi, PhD from the University of Texas, Austin, and Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She was also a visiting scholar at Harvard University. @MKanyoro


3 Responses to Musimbi Kanyoro

  1. Jane Grunberger says:

    Hi Musimbi,
    i am a student at the London School of Theology. I am doing some research into the history of polygamy in Africa and how the church has dealt with this issue. I have come across Pobee’s book “Culture, Women and theology” in which is your essay “Polygamy, a dilemma for the church in Africa” but i cannot find a pdf version to read online. I do not have the £300 (!) that the book costs on Amazon and was wondering if it was at all possible for you to send me the pdf of your essay.

    Bless you and your work,

  2. Hi Musimbi. I will be visiting Uganda on a humanitartian mission this June. As part of that work, our group will be going to the northern Ugandan refugee camps to continue past work by this organization, Worldwide Smiles, to give dental care and establish birthing centers, etc. As a healer and activist of consciousness, I’ve felt very drawn for a long time to begin work specifically to empower the women of all ages who have been & continue to be victimized so badly there by cultural roles, genocides, rebel forces. The camps are again filling up, this time with Congolese refugees seeking asylum through the Ugandan government from Joseph Kony and the rebel forces who have moved across the border. I’ve been told I “should” focus on the people who aren’t so deeply wounded where I would have a better chance of making more progress on this issue but I’ve always been a champion for those people, esp. women and children, who are often the most wounded. My purpose here is to hold up for them a vision of who they “really” are in hopes or until they can see this for themselves because every human being has value. I plant seeds in not only love and compassion but in personal power by shifting perceptions. I work on an on-going basis with a lot of young people, esp. women in their teens and 20s who are homeless or deeply wounded and in flux here in Seattle. I am always in service to the higher good of myself and the “All”. I am also a realist in a higher way so I’d appreciate your view on the best way to best offer support and empowerment to these African women during my trip there and through this humanitarian organization. Thanks you for all you do to make this world a better place. Blessings…

    • Musimbi Kanyoro says:

      There are many great organizations in Uganda and the best way is for you to attach yourself to one or more and then ask them what how you can help. I can introduce you to two of them: Please google ” Akina mama wa Afrika” and Isis Cultural Exchange” Both of these are international but run by Ugandans. They will introduce you to others. Thank you for writing.