On 9th September 2016, a young woman took to the stage during the launch of the Jubilee Party, amid political heavy-weights and declared that she would be running for political office. The young woman was 25-year-old Gertrude Chemutai Kurgat who is vying for the Member of Parliament seat for Turbo Constituency, Uasin Gishu. She is in the Akili Dada’s Young Women Political Aspirants Program that is funded by Forum Syd in the Wajibu Wetu Initiative. Read More
To mark this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, Akili Dada brought together organizations, friends and partners in the girl’s movement for a night of film, music and conversation on girls. We celebrated girls who are creating change within their communities and challenging the way things are done. We also reflected on the gains made in the girl’s movement. Read On
Apply to be an Akili Dada 2017 Fellow!
The Akili Dada Fellowship is an opportunity for young African women running social impact projects and enterprises to address the challenges faced by their communities. The fellowship will be awarded to young women leaders between the age of 23 and 30 from the East African Region (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda or Burundi)
Young women from marginalized communities are encouraged to apply
Our Gap-Year Program recruits East African high school graduates to take part in a 9-month program that targets girls aged 17-20. The program is an opportunity for these girls to learn essential skills that would prepare them for transition to university and beyond. Through intensive skills development training, internship placement and community service engagement, the Gap Year provides a space for these girls to build their capacity as young women leaders.
We celebrate our alumnae Martha Chumo, a self-taught programmer who founded the Nairobi Dev School at the age of 19 after she was denied a visa to attend a hacking school in the United States. The Dev School has successfully trained 150 youth from Kenya and South Sudan. Inspired by her work, UNESCO started the “Searching for Martha” project to identify and support other women in tech like Martha in the continent. Read More
We celebrate our alumnae at Ashesi University, Faith, Pauline, Nanis and Claire and 9 other students who came up with a startup ORDEL Refrigeration Systems which manufactures Ordel, an odour eliminating and 100% organic product, that neutralizes the bad smell in refrigerators using a natural activated carbon method for eliminating bad odour from the roots and that is simple to use. Read More
We held the August Leadership Academy on the theme 'Owning and Leading the Self'. We brought together all the girls in the scholarship program for a series of workshops focused on imparting 21st Century skills. The workshops focused on Emotional Intelligence, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights as well as Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence. Read On