Education Story - Hemant Ramachandra

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    Share your story & tell us what you have done to promote gender equality in your life.

     

    Name: Hemant Ramachandra

    Theme: Education

    Country: USA

     

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    The Time Is Now: My Mission to Kenya to Be Part of the Gender Equality and Youth Movement

     

    I recently was invited to go to Nairobi for the SEED Africa Symposium (SEEDAS16) by Empower Women and their Leader Anna Falth to be a Speaker at the UN Women Plenaries to discuss what are the Megatrends and their impact in Africa, Digital and Financial Literacy. Focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 21st Century Skills.

    I felt honored by the invitation but also knew that just going all the way to Kenya to speak at the Symposium would not be enough. We would need to visit rural locations to talk to the people about Gender Equality and Youth Education while there.

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    I remember my last blog post where I began it with “The time is now” and I could not have been any more accurate about that.

    I recently was invited to go to Nairobi for the SEED Africa Symposium (SEEDAS16) by Empower Women and their Leader Anna Falth to be a Speaker at the UN Women Plenaries to discuss what are the Megatrends and their impact in Africa, Digital and Financial Literacy. Focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 21st Century Skills.

    I felt honored by the invitation but also knew that just going all the way to Kenya to speak at the Symposium would not be enough. We would need to visit rural locations to talk to the people about Gender Equality and Youth Education while there.

    I reached out to my friend Sally Nyamokami, who I met at Commission on the Status for Women (CSW60) and who is a Gender Equality Activist and Youth Champion and happens to be from Kenya. Sally saw a unique opportunity and she coordinated an amazing set of events around our Symposium schedule.

    Our goal was to connect with Community leaders, Women Group Leaders, Widows and Single Moms with several challenges, Girls and Youth that are struggling to start their own businesses or get the right type of education they deserve.

    To ensure Anna Falth and I got the complete experience, we coordinated a trip to two counties in Kenya, Kisii and Nyamira. Additionally, we decided to visit Kibera Slum, Africa’s largest Slum to meet girls at the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy and also a Youth Group.

    All these meetings had a common theme: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Lack of access to Education, Domestic Violence, Fear of Men, Lack of rights to property ownership and many other concerns.

    There are seventeen SDGs that are targeted to be attained by 2030. Goals such as No Poverty, Quality Education, Gender Equality amongst others. I would argue that the experience we had centered on all seventeen SDGs given what we heard from all the people we met.

    Click here to read about two of the SDGs I would like to focus on.