Founder and Executive Director, Girl Up Initiative Uganda
From a young age, Monica recognized the expectations placed on her as a young girl were vastly different from those placed on her male peers. Growing up she realized quality education could be a way to break the cycle of systemic poverty & negative, gendered health outcomes present in her community. This belief, & the drive to reduce educational & reproductive health barriers for other girls in her community, led her to found Girl Up Initiative Uganda in 2012.
Monica has over ten years of experience in the areas of girls’ education, reproductive rights, funding equity, community engagement, & social empowerment. She holds an MA in Education, Gender, & International Development from the University College of London & a BA in Adult and Community Education from Makerere University. She is an Obama Africa Leader Fellow, Perennial Fellow, Cordes Fellow, & African Visionary Fellow.