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Joan Kembabazi is a young feminist activist and social entrepreneur, who started her journey as a youth activist at the age of 16. As the founder of Gufasha Girls Foundation, Joan is dedicated to advancing girls’ rights and education. She founded the Foundation in honor of her childhood friend, who died at the age of 13 due to child marriage and early pregnancy. It stands as a tribute to Gufasha’s memory and aims to break the cycle that led to her untimely passing.

“I founded Gufasha Girls Foundation in memory of her so that no more girl suffers and so that girls can find their voice and agency.” 

– Joan Kembabazi

Joan Kembabazi’s Calls to Action

In this interview, Joan Kembabazi unveils her core beliefs and extends a heartfelt call to action to the global community. She pleas for support, urging a collective effort to uplift the prospects of adolescent girls worldwide. She also encourages fellow youth activists and changemakers to continue their important work.

“For too long, young girls have really been told that we are inadequate. And yet we are the agents of change in our communities. We know what our communities need. We know the solutions to the challenges that our people are facing.” 

– Joan Kembabazi

In the pursuit of a brighter future for adolescent girls, Joan Kembabazi’s journey stands as a testament to the power of youth-led change. With leadership like hers, we can create a world where tragedies like Gufasha’s become a thing of the past.

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