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.

Susan Hilda Lokolimoe

Susan studies Social work and Social administration at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. She co-founded Girls Alive Uganda with classmates Suzan Mutoni and Marion Apio to address the lack of sanitary materials for vulnerable girls in Tororo District, Uganda.

Suzan Mutoni

Suzan is an undergraduate student of Environmental Health Sciences at Makerere University School of Public Health. She is the Project coordinator of the Girls Alive Project, an initiative that breaks the major barrier to girl child education through making reusable sanitary towels and teaching menstrual hygiene. She is also the head of the Public Health Department of the BRAC Scholars’ alumni. A platform that was created to establish give back avenues through which students can solve pressing health challenges in their home areas.

Marion Apio

Marion Apio has always had a desire to help young people and one of the ways she could do it, was by providing sanitary towels, an essential tool to the girl child education. Marion Apio hails from Tororo District in the Eastern Region of Uganda. She is the C. E. O of Girls Alive Uganda (GAUP), a youth led project that aims at making and distributing reusable sanitary towels to the vulnerable girls in her community. She is a Mastercard Foundation Scholar at Makerere University, studying a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communication.

Girls Alive Uganda

Girls Alive Uganda aims to address the lack of sanitary materials for vulnerable girls in Tororo District, Uganda. The project will produce and distribute affordable sanitary pads to reduce high rates of menstrual-related school absenteeism, which remains a key barrier to girls’ education in Uganda.

Joyline Chepkorir

Joyline Chepkorir is an honors college student pursuing Bachelor of Science in nursing at Michigan State University. She is passionate about promotion of quality and accessible healthcare for all people and has dedicated her time to volunteering in marginalized communities. In summer 2017, she did a community needs assessment and found that there was a compelling necessity for raising awareness on breast and cervical cancer among women in rural areas at Kericho and Bomet counties in Kenya. Consequently, she founded a non-profit organization called the Mwangaza Cancer Initiative.

AgriWealth Limited (AWL)

AgriWealth Limited addresses the problem of land scarcity and changing agricultural methods in Rwanda, due to climate change. The venture will bring modern urban growing techniques to a demonstration farm, and use this platform to educate farmers and spread these skills and technologies, including eventually creating large, holistic sustainable farms in subsistence agriculture communities.

Little Dreamers Foundation

Shantel Marekera is launching Little Dreamers Foundation in Harare, Zimbabwe to open a subsidized pre-school in Glen View 8 for low-income young girls whose guardians cannot afford to send them to local pre-schools. This gives young girls access to education despite their parents' economic status and helps them discover their potential at a tender age.

Mission Sanscar

Sumati Joshi and Urvi Talaty are the founders of Mission Sanscar, a social venture that will work in Mumbai, India to eliminate the restrictions, shame, and impact on school attendance and success that accompanies the onset of women’s menstrual cycles. Mission Sanscar will work to shift women and girls to the use of cotton napkins, and will teach them to produce reusable pads that they can also sell to others. Additionally the venture will provide education and support on reproductive health, sexual consent, and abuse, thereby creating a higher standard of living for women in the region.

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