Fatima Shabodien has served as the Country Director of Action Aid SA since 2012. She brought to the organisation her rich history as a feminist political activist dating back to her activism within the liberation movement high school years in the 1980’s. Through her activism, studies and work experience she has honed her expertise in the areas of rural development, women’s rights and peace building.
She has a BA majoring in Anthropology from the University of the Western Cape, a Masters in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame in the United States, and an MPhil in Development Studies from the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at Sussex University. Her work and studies have included living experiences in the USA, UK, Ethiopia and Indonesia across the donor, government and civil society sectors.