- Age: 28
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By educating the community on gender equality, the next generation will live in a world where young boys will respect and understand the concept of equal rights and young girls will realize their power and potential.
- Lilian Sospeter
Lilian Sospeter was born and raised in Tanzania. She received a Bachelor of Commerce in Banking and Financial Services from University of Dar es Salaaam in 2017. Lilian is a National Youth Engagement Network VSO Tanzania National Representative.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
I do the work that I do because I desire to see women and young girls have equal rights, voices, and opportunities as men. In my community, there is still a huge gender inequality gap where many girls are being denied reproductive health information to protect them from early pregnancy and the right to education that would give them a fair start in life. It pains me to see women face different forms of violence in their everyday lives because of their gender.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
My biggest win as an advocate for gender equality is my mentorship program for young secondary school girls that I started in 2019. Mentoring 10 girls on sexual reproductive health and rights, self-awareness, smart goals setting, confidence building, self-love, and career guidance, I have impacted these girls with the right knowledge and information to help them make wise decisions regarding their career, health, and future life. Currently, I have reached out to more than 25 girls. I am so proud to see how my program has helped them become more confident and smart young girls with purpose.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy reading nonfiction books, traveling to new places, and watching movies and documentaries.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Kiswahili (Advanced/Native)
- women's economic empowerment
- domestic violence
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Afresist Youth Leadership Program (2019)
- Finalist for Voluntary Service Oversees Livelihood Volunteer Impact Award (2019)