Women's Empowerment
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Women's empowerment is a crucial part of healthy societies. Many Fellows are working to support and protect vulnerable women through projects to combat gender-based violence, enhance maternal health, and provide educational and employment opportunties.

Women's empowerment is a crucial part of healthy societies. Many Fellows are working to support and protect vulnerable women through projects to combat gender-based violence, enhance maternal health, and provide educational and employment opportunties.

Joseph Opoku

Joseph has a wide range of experience advancing youth development in Ghana. He worked with the West Africa Civil Society Institute, Opportunity International, Children and Youth in Broadcasting and Springboard Roadshow Foundation, and many others. Joseph is passionate about education and youth development, particularly working to fill gaps within education. He founded the Youth Impact Workshop to help build the capacity of young people in Ghana to design, prototype and implement social enterprises at school and in their communities.

Knit2Lead

Despina Souroviki founded Knit2Lead to empower socially-excluded women in Greece through fashion design and manufacturing apparel. She is working with women's prisons, domestic violence victims, and rehab facilities in Thessaloniki to provide these women with the skills to create clothes, along with leadership training and the platform to sell their designs for economically empowering income. 

Save The Pastoralist Initiative

Lebasha Lucia Epur, founded Save The Pastoralist Initiative to improve the nomadic Turkana community’s way of life through dry land agriculture. Save the Pastoralist will build a demonstration farm where women and children will learn and practice sustainable agricultural techniques, thereby reducing deaths due to hunger and malnutrition, reducing reliance on external food sources, and empowering women through education and economic improvement.

The Nole Scholarship Program

Franklyn Odhiambo co-founded The Nole Scholarship Program to provide funding for the education of girls in Nairobi, Kenya and expose them to a network of opportunity and other successful individuals as positive role models. By augmenting their classroom experience, Nole hopes to instill a 21st century mindset and unleash the dignity of girls’ education and its privileges.

Nimble Fingers Project

Pumla Maswanganyi and Precious Ismail are the co-founders of Nimble Fingers Project. Nimble Fingers aims to equip 20 young girls and women in Nigeria, over a period of 6 weeks, with vocational skills and materials needed to create and run a sustainable small business. During the project, women will attend workshops and practical skills training sessions at the Idi-Araba Lagos. Nimble Fingers is empowering women and promoting economic independence through entrepreneurship.

Keki-Mawe

Keki-Mawe founder James Tayali will produce an organic cookie and powder product to reduce iron deficiency among pregnant women and children in Malawi. In collaboration with a local manufacturer, Keki-Mawe will produce and market a soil-like iron and folate rich organic powder and cookie product, which will look, smell, and taste like soil to mimic the current soil-eating habits of this target population.

Ideation Station

Through Ideation Station, Steven Miller and Moriah Shay are creating a Mobile Innovation Lab equipped with tools, machinery, and activities to help get underrepresented students in Corvallis, Oregon interested in STEM-related fields. Ideation Station will encourage women, minority, and rural students to build an interest in STEM education and careers, and will enable them to participate in the STEM landscape.

SiChana

SiChana is an online advocacy platform targeting issues affecting young girls around the world. The platform will serve as a space for the exchange of skills and lessons aimed at girls between the ages of 9-18. It will also serve as a space for the exchange of stories and experiences faced by girls all over the world.

UpTica

UpTica empowers women in the rural communities of Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica, by providing them with alternative income sources. UpTica reduces gender inequality by creating opportunities for gender training, cross-gender collaboration, mutual encouragement, and personal growth.

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