Mary collected stories from young people in the United Arab Emirates and Kenya and created an online platform where young people can engage in conversations about their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
By sharing these individual experiences, Mary aims to uncover the realities that young people face when trying to access their SRHR, increase awareness of young people's SRHR needs among policymakers, and expose the myths and misconceptions that young people have about contraception.
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Mary grew up in Mombasa, Kenya. Her circumstances motivated her to study diligently and she was one of the first girls to join the Global Give Back Circle, an organization that guides at-risk girls to complete their educational journey, gain employable skills, and transition into the workplace. Having developed an interest in women’s education and health, specifically reproductive health, Mary and other beneficiaries of the Global Give Back Circle started a website, called Hey Sister, to educate girls about critical health information and exchange peer-to-peer knowledge.
Mary received a full scholarship to the American University in Dubai (AUD), and became the first African woman to be elected President of the Student Government. She graduated with honors and is now enrolled as a Clinton Scholar, pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration on a full scholarship at the same university.
Mary’s unwavering desire to succeed has given her the opportunity to share the stage with U.S. President Bill Clinton, attend a training championed by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Women in Public Service Institute at Bryn Mawr College, and be a Youth Advisor for Microsoft's YouthSpark Initiative. Mary’s vision is to contribute to the making of a fair society for all, especially the most vulnerable of communities.
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