It’s 8 March 2017, International Women’s Day. As my colleague David beautifully said: “It’s a day to remember that women are not treated equally to men across the world. It’s a reminder that women worldwide are exposed to shocking abuse from sexual violence and female genital mutilation, to forced early marriage and deprivation of their most basic rights.
My name is Laetitia Victoria Mukungu and I am from Kenya. I am a third-year student at EARTH University in Costa Rica, where I study Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resource Management. My passion lies in rural women’s empowerment, food security and child education.
For hundreds of millions of children and young adults who wake each day to poverty, the future can look daunting. There are few avenues to escape life in slums, where dreams often are dampened by a reality of limited access to essentials — such as education and health care — that others take for granted.
African Leadership Academy & MasterCard Foundation
Coveted fellowship to be awarded to 15 promising youth entrepreneurs
Plan International’s Banking on Change program shows how providing girls and young women with savings skills doesn't just produce financial rewards.
“We were just using the money anywhere,” says Cleopatra, a 20 year-old young woman from the Central Province of Zambia, describing the challenge she once faced managing her family’s finances.
United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
Central to the 28th African Union Summit that takes place in Ethiopia this week and to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
Vital Voices Global Partnership
Vital Voices is very eager to receive applications from capable and visionary young women and millennials, working on all issue-areas from both the private and non-profit sectors. This program is especially targeting women ages 18-25 from India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
What sets these young leaders apart is their vision for change and determination to challenge the status quo. Fresh thinking and leading with empathy, inclusion and collaboration will make the difference to reshape our world for the better.
ABOUT VITAL VOICES
The Employment and Entrepreneurship sub-program under Prospects Liberia provides young entrepreneurs, aged 18 to 35 years, business skills training and the opportunity to apply for a microgrant (USD 250 to USD 750) to start up or expand a business through a Youth Investment Fund. Data captured throughout the program indicates that significantly more women than men seek and receive the small business grants. Given this information, the Prospects team sought to understand what motivates young women to pursue entrepreneurship.
Accenture and Plan International
A Working Future and a new era of collaboration - Taking cross-sector partnerships beyond philanthropy
Plan International's A Working Future youth economic empowerment programme has proven that partnerships between the development and corporate sectors can successfully address social issues and generate commercial value. This kind of cross-sector collaboration with its potential to effectively address social issues while creating value for both society and business will play a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Srirjeff Dennis, Grads of Life
I was born in a slum in the Ukonga administrative ward of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on February 7, 1994. My community lived in severe poverty, which meant that I often went to bed hungry and witnessed a young neighbor perish from malnutrition. While in primary school, I would sometimes leave class because I needed to go off to fish in nearby swamps or engage in petty trading to supplement the little food my family had. Most days we did not know where our next meal was coming from.