Vivian Onano is passionate about working with youth organizations to create opportunities for girls to have access to education.
Vivian is originally from Kenya and currently lives in South Africa. She received a bachelor’s degree from Carthage College. As a Youth Representative for the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, UNESCO, she is responsible for engaging with young people on the work that UNESCO is doing, advising on the youth edition of the GEM Report, sharing the GEM Report with a wider global audience, and engaging with both public and private sector leaders on the different issues of the GEM Report.
Since becoming a Young Leader, Vivian is proud she had an opportunity to have a direct impact on the work that the organization across the globe through my input as a board member, which she directly credits to her time in the Program. Her actions, including engaging the UN Women Executive Director and mobilizing other local actors resulted in the arrest of a man known as the Hyena in the media. Additionally, Vivian advocated with WaterAid on clean water and sanitation and her advocacy contributed to WaterAid Mali launching a National “Menstrual Hygiene Matters” platform with UNICEF. As an advocate, she was appointed to serve on the Board of the GEM Report by UNESCO and was nominated to serve on the Board of Nutrition International.
Vivian advocates for girls and women because “it’s a smart investment and the right thing to do if we are serious about achieving sustainable impact.”
In her free time, Vivian enjoys listening to music and reading.