Msichana Empowerment Kuria • Kenya
Natalie Robi Tingo has more than three years’ experience in the non-profit sector and holds a B.A. in Economics from Moi University, Kenya. She is the Founder of Msichana Empowerment Kuria, an organization she founded at 19 years old. Her organization reaches more than 30,000 people from her community in Southern Kenya with End Female Genital Mutilation, education, human rights, youth and women empowerment programs. Her belief in ending all forms of violence against women and girls, through involving youth creative ideas in solving social problems, prompted her to develop youth-led programs that are ensuring the organization achieves its goals. Her passion has earned her recognition both in Kenya and internationally. She was awarded the Zuri Award 2017 International women’s day leadership award and has spoken at the Closing Plenary of the first ever Global Festival for Ideas on Sustainable Development Goals in Bonn, Germany. She is an alumna of 9th Ewha Global Empowerment Program 2016, a prestigious program that recognizes outstanding women across Asia and Africa in their contribution for women’s empowerment. Spark International recognizes her as a She by Spark* International 2016 Kenyan Change Maker. In 2016 she was named as one of the Emerging Innovators in East Africa by Ashoka Change Makers. Global Citizen has featured her work.