Mary Afari


Mary is a native of Ghana and empowers girls and women in the Volta Region through her organization, the Shalom Women Development Network (SWDN). Amongst other things, SWDN offers workshops to women on business management, conflict resolution, peace building, sustainable agriculture, environmental sanitation, children’s rights, HIV/AIDS and reproductive health, and nutrition. 


Mary is a seamstress by trade and specializes in handcrafting beautiful Batik fabrics. She teaches this trade to other women. If you spend just an hour in her shop, you will quickly realize that Mary’s greatest passion is to educate and inspire girls in Ghana to become strong leaders. Mary has traveled throughout the Volta Region to lecture to girls about sex and health education –– a mentoring program she will one day incorporate into the curriculum at the Golda Meir Academy.