Meganne Lorraine Ceday Boho
- Age: 27
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It's time for women dare to dream big and not apologize for it. We can't shape a better world when women rights are violated and don't have same opportunities as men because of their biological condition. We shall educate and rise a young generation of leaders and feminists — both men and women — to build a strong society where women are safe, free, and without limitations.
- Meganne Lorraine Ceday Boho
Meganne Lorraine Ceday Boho was born and raised in Côte d’Ivoire. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics in English Studies from University Felix Houphouet Boigny of Cocody in 2015. As an Account Manager at African Media Agency, Meganne is responsible for distributing content within the 54 countries of Africa, managing a database of reporters and editors of the most important media houses in the continent, creating social media posts related to each press release and news, revising translation of press releases and editorial content, pitching news to reporters, and preparing and finalizing full coverage reports. As President of Ivorian Women’s Rights League, Meganne is responsible for managing the association, creating global strategies and leading actions to fight against domestic, sexual and gender-based violence against women; introducing young women to feminism and leadership through training; intensifying collaboration between civil society and the authorities in dealing with cases of rape and violence, promoting the legal, psychological and social support of women in situations of domestic and sexual violence; contributing to gender promotion through outreach, and promoting social action and sorority among women in difficulty through donations.
Additionally, Meganne is a member of the Association Sephis, YALI Network member, and Founder of the initiative Free Coaching for Youth.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
My interest in gender equality started when I noticed that throughout the Ivorian territory, women encounter a series of obstacles that hinder their full potential, ranging from restrictive cultural practices, gender-based violence and discriminatory laws to segmented labor markets. The ideal people to talk about women's issues, make policies to change women's lives, and inspire women to dare to dream are women themselves.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
My biggest win is the wave of revolt we've created with my network, the Ivorian Women's Right League in February 2020 prior to Women's Day with the movement #VraieFemmeAfricaine ( #TrueAfricanWomen), an initiative that boomerangs the stereotypes that African women experience on a daily basis. This campaign brought together several Ivorian and African women to form a virtual sorority. They came together to denounce all the social injustices they are facing. And ever since then, they’ve been sticking together and supporting each other. Over time, men felt involved and supported women. The views of some of the women were even changed.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
Singing, writing, dancing, reading, traveling, and photography.
- English (Advanced)
- French (Advanced/Native)
- sexual and domestic violence
- meaningful youth engagement
- women's education
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Diana Award (2019)
- Certificate of Completion of Study of the United States Institute for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership (2015)
- BSAFE Certificate
- Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Course from United Nations
- Anti-Fraud and Corruption Prevention Course from United Nations
- Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Leadership Center Certificate of Completion of the Leadership Training and Business and Entrepreneurship Institute
- Certificate of Completion of the YALI Connect Camp 7 for Mandela Fellows and Mentees on Leadership Training, Capacity Building, and Social Entrepreneurship – Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Leadership Center Senegal and Nigeria