Monica Nyiraguhabwa, Uganda

Monica Nyiraguhabwa
Uganda

iLEAP International Fellow, 2018

Monica’s Story

Monica is an innovative social entrepreneur, who serves as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Girl Up Initiative Uganda (GUIU). Her vision for the future of her country, and more broadly, the rest of the world, is for every woman to, “know what she is worth and feel empowered”. She draws her inspiration from her own personal experiences, noting she knows “the challenges of limited life choices and opportunities among adolescent girls and young women living in the urban slum areas of Kampala,” as she herself had to constantly fight for her right to an education as a girl.

Monica holds over a decade of experience working to bring her vision to fruition, mentoring and empowering girls with various organizations such as Mentoring and Empowerment Programme for Young Women and Just Like My Child Foundation. She believes very strongly that every girl needs a mentor and should be educated in life skills to be empowered and protected against sexual and gender-based violence.