Henriette Ekwe Ebongo

Cameroonian journalist and political activist

Henriette Ekwe Ebongo (born 1950) is a Cameroon journalist, publisher and political activist. In 2011 she received the International Women of Courage Award from the United States Department of State.[1][2]

Henriette Ekwe Ebongo in 2011.


Ebongo works for freedom of the press, equality for women, human rights, and good government. She also works against corruption and discrimination against women.[1] In the 1980s, she worked against dictatorship. During this time, she was tortured and taken to military court.[3][4]

Ebongo publishes the weekly newspaper Babela. She started the Cameroon branch of Transparency International, a non-governmental organization that works against government corruption.[5]


  • International Women of Courage Award, 2011[2][6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ekwe Ebongo of Cameroon and nine others win International Women of Courage award". afripol.org. 14 March 2011. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "2011 International Women of Courage Award Winners".
  3. "Embassy Transcripts | Embassy of the United States Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic". bishkek.usembassy.gov. 8 March 2011. Archived from the original on 6 October 2011. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  4. "Women of Courage 2011".
  5. "Cameroonian Journo Wins International Women Of Courage Award". news.cameroon-today.com. Archived from the original on May 4, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  6. "International Women of Courage Awards". 10 March 2011.

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