It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.
I am Chidera Natasha. A certified Girls/ Women Rights Advocate with over 2 years experience in activism and advocacy. I am also a graduate of Archaeology/Tourism from prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Wise Women Award recipient, 2017 FALA nominee and Yali fellow and the founder of Make Girls Initiative (MGI)
I grew up in an environment that was hostile to women and girls. An environment where women and girls were often marginalized and denied basic opportunities to thrive. I became so passionate and dedicated to the course of actualizing equality, justice and equity for the girl child after my relative became a teenage mother.
This propelled me to dedicate my life, my time, my experience in fighting for the girl child, especially the indigent ones. In the quest to seek justice and equity for the girl child, I founded the Make Girls Initiative, a nonprofit organization that has become a household name in humanitarian activities for the girlchild across Sub- Saharan Africa.
Make Girls Initiative is a Pan African initiative that involves 13 state and country Reps and over 50 African member countries dedicated to empowering young women and girls across the continent.
So far, we have organized community projects such as; SAY NO TO VIOLENCE CAMPAIGN, FEED A CHILD CAMPAIGN, EDUCATION for the girl child project and we are currently running the “pad a girl campaign” across 5 African countries including Nigeria.
All aimed at developing young girls to be what they should be. Helping them develop self confidence and to take informed decisions. I have realised that most of these young girls are not properly guided, hence, they make wrong decisions. Therefore, we prepare them for the journey ahead.