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Karen Chepkurui

Girls Excel Initiative

Bold question: What if all girls and women in Mt. Elgon felt safe and respected?

Path to Metis: I am Gender and Development professional with a background of psychology and counselling. I am passionate about women empowerment and gender equality. I care about creating sustainable change in the community by addressing violence against women and girls and ensuring that every girl and woman has equal access to sexual and reproductive health rights.

The first pillar of my work focuses on prevention of violence against women and girls by addressing the root causes of violence which are deeply rooted in the community’s way of living. The second pillar is to advance and facilitate equal access sexual and reproductive health rights, this includes equal access to information on sex, reproductive issues, and sanitary products.

I recently founded a community-based organisation called Wonder Woman Elgon that is geared towards addressing these two major pillars in my community. Since its inception, we have managed to equip 25 girls with reusable pads that can last up to 24 months. The reusable pads speak to Wonder Woman Elgon’s goal of sustainable development, and I continue to champion for sustainability while driving gender equality and women empowerment.

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