Josephine KuleaActivist, UN Person of the Year
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Dr. Josephine Kulea HSC, is a child-rights activist and the Founder and Executive Director of Samburu Girls Foundation (SGF), a Kenyan-based organization which focuses on rescuing young girls from harmful cultural practices performed in pastoralist communities in Northern Kenya.
Inspired by her mother and love for the girl child, Josephine has championed against female genital mutilation (FGM), Beading and Child Marriage, which are still very rampant in marginalized communities in her native homeland, Kenya.
In pursuit of her vision to empower the Pastoralist girl child, Josephine has rescued over 1,200 girls and through her organization is supported over 400 girls to get an education from primary school to university levels.
Her boldness and defiance to century-old traditions has been recognized widely receiving numerous awards including: Unsung Hero 2011,Head of State Commendation 2012, COVAW champion 2013, Acumen East Africa Fellow 2013, UN Person of the Year 2013, Inspiring Woman by Gender commission Kenya 2014, YALI Washington Fellow 2014, Spark Changemaker 2015, Vital Voices Lead Program 2015, African Union Youth Hero 2015,Egerton university gender award 2015, Gender Equality City University of New York award 2016, Top 40 under 40 women award 2016, Humanitarian Award 2017 by Kenya Women, Children Wellness Center and Voice for Girls award 2018.
Notably, in his most recent visit to Africa, Former US President, Barack Obama lauded and celebrated her for her unparalleled contribution to the development of the girl-child.
Josephine is relentless in the quest to see children enjoying their full rights, and the eradication of harmful cultural practices for a prosperous Kenya and Africa as a whole.Read more Read less