In celebration of International Women’s Day, Ogilvy teamed up with the LBW Trust to bring internationally-recognised activist and educator Dr Kakenya Ntaiya out to Australia to discuss the importance of education and equal rights for all women.
While in Australia, Dr Kakenya will be making several appearances in the media across ABC, Goodweekend, SBS, Sky News, and also multiple ABC broadcast and radio outlets. She will also delivered the 2017 National Press Club Address earlier today.
Dr Kakenya left her village Kenya as a young girl after enduring the unfortunate traditions she was brought up with, including arranged marriage at a young age, female genital mutilation, and a lack of proper education.
Dr Kakenya fought for change, and to bring education to the female population of Kenya.
Poor education is not exclusive to Kenya, however.
Globally, 65 million girls are not in school. There are 31 million girls of primary school age not in school. Seventeen million of these girls will probably never attend school in their lifetimes. Of the 123 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24 who cannot read or write, 61 percent of them are women. There are also 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school.
Dr Kakenya is pioneering in this field one school at a time, to bring her dream of education for all to those without. She returned to her home village with funding, and started up the ‘Kakenya Center for Excellence’ – a primary boarding school aimed at empowering and motivating young girls to become agents of change in their community and country.
Having given talks around the world to talk about her cause and beliefs, Dr Kakenya and has been honoured with numerous awards, including being named one of CNN’s Heroes of the Year in 2013, a Global Women’s Rights Award from the Feminist Majority Foundation, and being named as one of Newsweek’s ‘150 Women Who Shake the World’.
If you’d like to know more about Dr Kakenya’s story or donate to her cause, please visit www.kakenyasdream.org