Hanifa Nakiryowa


"I told myself, if I don't share my story, who will?"

 Hanifa Nakiryowa is the President of the Center for the Rehabilitation of Survivors of Acid and Burns Violence (CERESAV), an NGO she founded in 2012 to address acid violence in Uganda. Hanifa survived an acid attack orchestrated by her ex-husband that left her with significant facial scarring and the loss of vision in one eye. She was an H. J. Heinz fellow in the Master of International Development program at University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA.)  Her work focused on addressing gender-related challenges facing women and children in institutionally oppressive societies.  Prior to joining GSPIA, Hanifa completed a master’s degree in Economics at the University of Nairobi under the Collaborative Master’s Program sponsored by the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC).

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Research Study About Acid Attacks in Uganda

Articles About Hanifa's Work