Panel and Reception: Women’s Rights in Africa

May 5, 2015
6pm Reception
7-8:15pm Panel discussion

Presented by YANA and Stanford University’s Project Redwood
Generously hosted by the Lycée Français de New York (505 East 75th Street)

Please join us for a special evening featuring a panel discussion with the visionary founders of three of the leading NGOs involved in advancing the rights of women and girls in Africa. Meet and mingle with other like-minded, mission-driven people for an evening of conversation and inspiration, and learn about the bold change being implemented in Africa by these exceptional organizations.

Molly Melching, the founder and CEO of Tostan, a nonprofit headquartered in Senegal that offers a human-rights based educational program to communities across 6 countries in West Africa. As a result of Tostan’s work, over 7200 communities have declared abandonment of female genital cutting and child marriage. Molly is the subject of the book, However Long the Night.

Deogratias Niyizonkiza, the founder of Village Health Works, the Burundi-based NGO that has become a beacon for innovative health, education, and agricultural initiatives across East Africa. VHW’s health center focuses on pre-natal and neonatal care in a nation with only 200 doctors. Deo’s heroic journey is the subject of Tracy Kidder’s 2009 best-seller Strength in What Remains.

Megan White Mukuria, the founder of ZanaAfrica based in Kenya. Over 60% of the girls in East Africa miss at least 6 weeks of school each year due to lack of proper feminine hygiene products. By making affordable sanitary pads and delivering vital health education, ZanaAfrica creates new opportunities for women and girls to thrive as focused students, productive workers, and informed mothers.

YANA is co-presenting the event along with Stanford’s Project Redwood, to raise awareness of the critical issues impacting the health and rights of women and girls in Africa today. 100% of the event proceeds above costs will go directly to support the three organizations. This event is open to the public, and we anticipate a sell-out. Reserve your places now.