What actions are you taking to promote and protect the health and rights of women and young people worldwide?
I currently am undertaking a girl child empowerment program that is all inclusive: sponsoring five young girls to undertake their secondary education and ten others undertaking their primary education – all aged between 12-17 years. I am also engaged in a sexual and reproductive health program for young girls aged 12-20 years of age, providing them with accurate information and disposing them to be able to make right choices about their sexuality. This program is complemented by giving sanitary towels to less fortunate girls from poor families, who miss out on school during their menses or use unhygienic materials. These young girls are at risk of being lured into sexual intercourse with older male in exchange for the sanitary towels or money to purchase the same. My organization is also engaged in a support program for young mothers aged 18-27 years, who are living positively. The program provides food stuffs, educates their young children, caters for their rent bills, and we are too empowering them economically so that they can take care of their own bills and become financially stable.
What is your vision of lasting change for yourself and for the world's young people?
My vision is an empowered young person that is fully integrated in himself and aware of the needs and concerns of people around him/her. This empowerment is aimed at leading the whole society to an integral systemic change of our society and its persons.
If you could tell world leaders one thing, what would it be?
Young people are potential, they need time and suitable conditions to actualize their potentials – do not stand in their way.