Lauretta Macauley has been living in Greece since leaving Sierra Leone at 18 years old. Through her own personal struggle, and through witnessing the experiences of other African women, she soon realised that African migrants were being marginalised in Greek society - politically, socially and economically. Furthermore, personal experience and observation taught her that African women, in particular, had very little knowledge of the rights that they did have. As a result, Lauretta began to fight for her own rights and for those of the women around her - an involvement in activism that culminated in 2005 with the establishment of the United African Women's Organization (UAWO). To date, the UAWO has members from ten African countries, and continues to fight for gender equality in general, and for migrant women's rights in particular.