- Age: 28
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Adolescent girls and young women need to be empowered so that they can participate at the various levels of decision making from the community to the national level and influence the breaking of gender norms. When fully empowered, adolescent girls and young women can be key drivers of economic development.
- Jackie Nagadya
Jackie Nagadya was born and raised in Uganda. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Development Economics from Makerere University in 2017. Jackie is currently working with the International Community of Women Living with HIV East Africa as a Regional Coordinator. Previously, as an Advocacy Officer at Public Health Ambassadors Uganda, Jackie mainstreamed and integrated advocacy in all program activities, trained and formed community advocacy structures, developed and strengthened collaboration with government at the local level, built partner professional capacity to engage in research, policy analysis, and advocacy, managed partner evidence-based advocacy functions to influence positive policy change, and actively participated in resource mobilization for the organization. Additionally, she is a volunteer at Path For Health Uganda and volunteer at Work for Life.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
My pursuit for gender equality started as a young girl. I saw so many norms and values in society surrounding a young girl and barriers preventing her empowerment. I felt the need to break them.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
Capacity building of community structures. For example, the advocacy champions on how to track and follow up rape and defilement cases through conducting paralegal trainings. This has made them aware of their rights and entitlements. The advocacy champions are popular in the community, as community members reach out to them to report any form of sexual or gender-based violence issue.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
- English (Advanced/Native)
- adolescent girls' and young women's involvement in combating SGBV
- access to HIV services
- economic empowerment
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health course at Global Health eLearning
- Financial literacy course at Community Integrated Development Initiatives
- Computer literacy course at Makerere University School of Women and Gender
- Disaster Risk Management course at Community Integrated Development Initiatives
- Advocacy Strategies and Policy course with Advocacy Accelerator-Kenya