Annie Kashamura Zawadi is from the Democratic Republic of Congo. After being in 20 years of an abusive marriage, she got a divorce and immigrated to Canada with her 5 children and $20 bill. Annie went back to university (UofT) graduated with Honors as a Gender Specialist, majored in Political Science and became the Global Women’s Rights Advocate and Subject Matter Expert of Gender Equality, Women and Girls Empowerment, Women’s Leadership, and Gender-Based Violence. Her auto-biography books “I Can Testify” and “Je Peux Témoigner” are used as counselling tool in different countries.
Over the past 18 years Annie has contributed to bringing tangible change in ending violence against women and girls and bring Equality. She has worked in France, DR Congo, Ghana, Togo, eSwatini, Tanzania and Canada. Throughout her career, Ms. Kashamura has mentored countless women, professionals, and volunteers. Her work has been recognized by different Awards including the Status of Women’s Communities Builders Awards and the 2018 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women. Advancing Women’s Human Rights and equality in her native war-ravaged Democratic Republic of Congo is her passion and thus, she chairs The Gender, Democracy & Development Institute in Congo.
Through gender equality lenses, Annie has contributed to and moderated diverse panels, appeared on local and national TV and radio shows and has been a keynote speaker before prominent audiences including The Primate World Relief and Development Fund, The Thornhill Anglican Church, Woman Abuse Council of Toronto, CAMH, World Vision Canada, University of Toronto, University of Manitoba, recurring UN CSW panelist, AWID moderator, quoted in Senate Assembly and by Scholars. Book your speaking engagement