15 May


The Breaking Down Borders Africa Initiative is a Pan-African platform
led by African youth for the benefit of African youth. The Initiative is
inspired by the vision of Enabling African youth to connect and
collaborate towards the prosperity of the continent. To this end, the
Initiative is invested in bringing all Africans together, to dissect the
issues they are faced with and to find solutions that can be applied in
resolving the challenges identified.

The Initiative hosts the annual Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth
Summit. The Summit launched in 2017, South Africa, hosted 60 young
African leaders from 15 countries. The summit was hosted under the
brought together young leaders from across the continent to engage with
one another on issues relating to social cohesion, economic
transformation and African Unity.

I will be present on 16 May and I will facility the conference plenary:
“Elimination of harmful social and cultural practices”.
I will engage with a number of powerful African voices, they include:


1. Vivian Onano, Humanitarian and Social Entrepreneur (Kenya), she will discuss: Elimination of Harmful Social and Cultural Harmful practises.
Vivian is a graduate of Carthage College, and a strategic development consultant on education, youth empowerment, and gender. She strongly believes in the power of business and philanthropy to work together to attain sustainable development. She is a respected speaker who often speaks on global education, gender equality, youth empowerment, and international development. She has given presentations at the United Nations General Assembly, Women Deliver Global Conference, World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) and the Clinton Global Initiative, among others.

2: Gabriel Khan, Human Rights Activist (South Africa): exploring Gender Diversity and Poverty in the African context

Gabriel Kahn is a regional gender adviser in the World Food Programme (WFP) and currently holds the role of Programme Policy Officer: Gender. Kahn’s work at the WFP Regional Bureau includes building the technical capacity on gender, supporting the effective integration of gender into humanitarian and development operations and developing partnerships with gender equality organizations. Kahn has initiated a Gender Think Tank which brings together UN agencies, NGOs, and research centres to have creative conversations on integrating gender into humanitarian and development actions. Gabriel is a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow.


3: Mwende FreeQuency Katiwa, Poet, Social Activist (Kenya & USA): I am Because we are: African Youth in the diaspora as partners in the Continent’s development

Mwende is a Kenyan, Immigrant, Queer Womyn speaker and performer. The 2018 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, a 2017 TEDWomen speaker and ranked 3rd at the 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam, FreeQuency is a highly sought-after performer, speaker, author, host, youth lecturer & facilitator, social justice teaching artist and workshop leader. She is an activist working in Reproductive Justice, #BlackLivesMatter organizing & activism, LGBTQ+ advocacy and her poetry has been featured on Upworthy, OkayAfrica, TEDx, the New York Times, For Harriet, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism, & other outlets. FreeQuency is a founding member of the New Orleans chapter of the Black Youth Project 100, a founding committee member of the New Orleans Youth Open Mic (NOYOM), festival coordinator for the New Orleans Youth Poetry Festival a blogger with the AfroFashion and Culture Blog Noirlinians and a member of Wildseeds: The New Orleans Octavia Butler Emergent Strategy Collective. She currently works as a community organizer at the Reproductive Justice group Women With A Vision where she runs the Young Women With A Vision program.

4: Naomi Njeri Mwaura, Transport Expert, Gender Activist (Kenya. Reclaiming the Public Space, Women’s bodies are not public property.

Naomi is a communications Associate at the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. Her role involves leading communications and outreach efforts in support of ITDP Africa’s core programme of promoting sustainable and equitable transport. She is also the founder of Flone Initiative, an organization working to create a safe and professional public transport industry in Kenya. She is a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship, and in 2017, she was named BBC 100 Inspirational and Influential women

5:Siposethu Mbuli, Broadcaster, Social Activist (South Africa): Breaking Barriers, Addressing Wrongful rituals including killing of people living with albinism.

Siposetu is developing new ways to end the stigma of albinism in South Africa, She co-founded Love, This Skin, an organisation that assists, supports and educates young people with albinism and their families. The group also works with organisations like the Western Cape Albinism and Hypo-pigment Foundation to host community initiatives focused on educating the public about albinism. Siposetu has been named the Queen’s Young Leader in 2018

For more information contact:
Nthabiseng Modjadji
The Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Initiative
Project Coordinator

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