Meganne Lorraine Ceday Boho
- Age: 29
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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 Boho has over 10 years of experience in civic engagement and 8 years in Communication. She is a Mandela Washington Scholar 2022 and the recipient of the French-German prize of human rights 2022. She works as Strategic Communication Officer at Speak up Africa. Headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, Speak Up Africa is a strategic communications and advocacy organization dedicated to catalyzing leadership, enabling policy change, and increasing awareness for sustainable development in Africa. Meganne is also The President and a Founding Member of The Ivorian League for Women’s Rights. She has been working for almost 5 years as Media and Client Relations Manager at African Media Agency, a pan African integrated communications agency that unifies PR, Creative, and Digital Marketing. Meganne has worked for 2 United Nations Agencies, UNFPA where she held the position of Junior Digital Strategist and UN Women West Africa, where she worked as national consultant. For her engagement for women’s rights, she has won the Diana Award in 2019. She is also a winner of the Women Deliver 2020 and the Women In Africa- Young Leaders Program 2021. Meganne holds a bachelor’s degree in applied linguistics in English studies.
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)
- violence against girls and women
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Diana Award 2019
- African Talents Award Winner - Best Leader 2020 (Côte d’Ivoire)
- Mandela Washington Fellowship Scholar, 2022, Bloomington, USA
- French-German Human Rights Recipient 2022