#TimeisNow Young Women in East Africa Transforming Lives and Communities

“This year’s International Women’s Day theme captures the vibrant state of women activists worldwide whose passion and commitment has transformed women’s rights over the generations, and successfully brought change. We celebrate an unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality, safety and justice, recognizing the tireless work of the women who came before us and who have been central to this global push for gender equality.” Statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women for International Women’s Day

Creative Action Institute is honored to work with so many girls and women around the world who are courageously advancing gender equality. Today we are celebrating the diverse young women who are part of our East African Girls’ Leadership Summit and Mentor Program and are using creative tools to advance gender equality. We celebrate their efforts that have resulted in more girls enrolling and staying in school, girls speaking up about sexual harassment and accessing justice, women saying no to domestic and gender-based violence and raising their voices loud and clear on harmful practices of FGM, reduced cases of teenage pregnancy and increased numbers of girls taking up leadership positions in schools and community initiatives. We also deeply appreciate our funding partners who have been instrumental allies in our efforts to achieve gender parity through their support of the East Africa Girls Leadership Initiative - a collaboration that is continuously nurturing the next generation of transformative girls' and women leaders.

We celebrate the big and the small gains, the persistent push and fight for girls’ and women’s rights as these steps bring us closer to the goal of achieving gender parity. #Pressforprogress #TimeisNow #SDG5

We asked the mentors in our East African Mentors Program to share why they work to advance gender equality and this is what they said. 

"Seeing the lives of children with disabilities transformed inspires me every single day, I am excited when the children we serve learn to walk, talk, feed themselves, bathe, groom and clothe themselves. They are