I was born and lived my early years in a rural set up before moving to the city. I was lucky enough to study and work. Most of my classmates dropped out of school, got married and never had a real chance to reach their potential. Some of them, like my cousin who was more like a twin sister to me, were succumbing due to reproductive health and rights gaps that women from low-income families have.
People talk a lot about The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) these days, which shall provide a better life to everyone. But they don’t mean the same thing for everyone. When we talk about the SDG then it is girls like my cousin that we have to think of.
This is why I wanted to create safe spaces for us to have frank and genuine conversations on issues affecting our personal rights. This dream led to the start of ‘Sister to Sister’ initiative, a girls’ empowerment initiative that provides information, mentorship, opportunities and most importantly hope, to the girls in the rural area. I service as a mentor to girls both in primary and secondary schools, encouraging them to pursue their education and fight for their rights. We are almost completing a library, the first in the village, to aid in the pursuit of our dreams.
About the author
Elizabeth Amondi Okumu is a passionate educator on issues of sexual reproductive health and rights especially for adolescents and young girls. She is a feminist, activist and 2016 Women Deliver Young leader. Elizabeth works as Program Officer at the Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH) and is the founder of the Sister to Sister Initiative.