About Girl Up Initiative Uganda

A gender-equal world where girls thrive and lead.
About us

Standing in the Gap of Gender Equality for all

We believe that storytelling is a powerful tool that can be used to drive social change and influence positive behaviors and mindsets.

Fascinating Success Stories

From training to thriving: empowered girls shines

Sustained Livelihoods

From hands-on training to remarkable achievement

Better Lives & Hope for the Girls

From hands-on training to successful career

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What we do

What we stand for

Our Vision

A gender-equal world where girls thrive and lead

Our Mission

To build a vibrant movement of girls and young women through transformative leadership, sexual and reproductive health education, and skills development.
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Our Strategic Domains

By 2026, Girl Up Initiative Uganda will contribute to the increased and sustained well-being of 34,000 girls, young women, and boys in communities that promotes their rights and gender equality.

1. Gender-Responsive Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) Education

Increase the number of adolescent girls and young women who have autonomy over their bodies and enjoy quality SRHR information and services. We believe that access to quality, inclusive SRH servic- es are critical to gender equality.

2. Skilling and Employability for Girls & Young Women

Boost our efforts in helping marginalized and vulnerable girls and young women recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We shall continue with our flagship social enterprise, Mazuri Designs Hub, to help us achieve the program objective of increasing the number of girls and young women who are economincally self-reliant, resilient, and have improved livelihoods.

3. Quality, Gender-Transformative Education for Adolescent Girls & Boys

Expand our efforts in supporting vulnerable adolescent girls’ safe school return (enrollment and retention), while also mentoring them to be confident leaders, role models, and advocates for girls’ rights in their community, home, and school environments.
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2022-2026 Strategic Plan

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Meet Professional Team

Monica Nyiraguhabwa

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Clement Maraka

Head of Operations

Marion Achom

Strategic growth lead

Miriam Akera

Head of Partnerships
GOVERNANCE

Our Members of the Board

Uganda Team

An experienced Accountant, Joseph Okwenje has accumulated over 18 years of experience in several reputable organizations, both for-profit and non-profit. He currently serves as the Managing Director at Delique Industrial Coating Limited where he oversees and manages daily operations to ensure the production and distribution of high-quality paint. Prior to joining Delique Industrial Coating Limited, he held the position of Senior Auditor at Knick – WAKS & Co. Certified Public Accountants, Senior Audit Supervisor with FELBright and Co,  Certified Public Accountants, and Country Office Accountant at Plan International Uganda. Joseph holds a BSc. Finance and Accounting from Kyambogo University and is qualified by The Association of Chartered Certified Accountant UK.

USA Team

Harvey is a retired attorney after practicing law in Santa Barbara for almost 40 years. He was instrumental in guiding Girl Up through its incorporation and in obtaining its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his J.D. from the University of San Francisco. A fun fact about Harvey is that he is the proud father of Kim, and he is an avid bicyclist.

Sofie is an Information Officer with USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) where she monitors and reports on complex humanitarian emergencies, natural disasters, and response activities in the Asia and Pacific region.  Sofie joined USAID/OFDA with more than four years’ experience in research, policy, and U.S immigration law.  While at Simmons & Ungar, a full-service immigration law firm in San Francisco, CA, Sofie managed a large caseload of employment, family-based, and humanitarian cases.  Outside of work, she volunteered with newly resettled refugee women and girls to promote capacity-building and self-sufficiency through mentorship, language training, and resettlement support.  Sofie holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University where she specialized in forced migration and development economics and was Co-Chair of the Journal of Humanitarian Assistance.  As part of her master’s thesis, she conducted desk and field-based research on the humanitarian response to the Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan, with a particular focus on gender-based protection issues.  She speaks Swedish and French.

Kimberly is a Grant Manager for SOS Children’s Villages in Norway, managing family strengthening and gender equality programs in four sub-Saharan African countries. Previously, she was Deputy Executive Director of Girl Up Initiative Uganda where she oversaw fundraising efforts, grant management, strategic planning, and communications. For 11 years, Kimberly has dedicated herself to promoting gender equality and the rights of women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa through establishing Girl Up Initiative Uganda and through her work with other organizations such as the Global Fund for Women, the Norwegian Refugee Council and the World Bank. Kimberly holds an MPhil in International and Comparative Education from the University of Oslo, an MPhil in African Studies from the University of Cape Town, and a BA in International Development Studies from the University of California Berkeley.

Sasha Mostofi-Jorgensen has over twenty years of experience working with technology companies in strategic pre-sales and marketing roles. She is currently a partner at Aventi Group, a premier product marketing agency in Silicon Valley. Prior to Aventi, Sasha was the VP of Product Marketing and Inbound Marketing at Spirion, a data security startup. At WhiteHat Security, she led the product marketing team, building it from the ground up, and at IBM she the competitive intelligence lead for the Rational products. Sasha is an independent author and speaker and has been in interviewed on national radio stations including NPR. She is also an Executive Mentor for Social Entrepreneurs at Santa Clara University’s Miller Center.

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Girls' Advisory Council

Pauline Adong

I’m an 18-year-old girl who thrives on love, compassion, and happiness. Leading the Girls’ Advisory Council at Girl Up Initiative Uganda and being part of the Board of Governors where I represent the voices of girls and young women feels surreal.

Being an empowered girl makes me proud because I’m informed about what truly matters in life. Knowledge gives me strength, and I’m determined to make a positive impact in my community and beyond.

Shadia Nakitende

I am a 17-year-old girl with a passion for sports, particularly netball, and a love for the performing arts, especially acting. Leading and inspiring others is something that brings me immense joy, and that’s why I proudly serve as a member of the Girls’ Advisory Council.

 

Being an empowered girl is a source of pride for me because of my unique abilities in public speaking and leadership. I was honored to be chosen as a speaker for my school’s Straight Talk Mental and Reproductive Health Club. It’s incredible how these skills have opened doors for me to make a positive impact and create change in important matters. I look forward to continuing my journey of empowerment, using my strengths to uplift others and make a difference in the world.

Nelly Apili

I’m a 17-year-old girl who’s all about singing, dancing, and standing up for the rights of my peers. Being a part of the Girls’ Advisory Council means a lot to me as a young girl from a slum community. I live in a slum area in Kampala, where life can be tough, but I’m always eager to explore and learn more about my community, culture, and the world around me.

What makes me really proud as an empowered girl is that I can speak up for the voiceless. My community listens to me, and that’s a responsibility I take seriously. With my voice and determination, I want to make a difference and bring positive change to those around me

Aisha Ndagire

I’m a 17-year-old girl who absolutely loves writing. People often describe me as friendly and approachable, and I cherish that about myself. It brings me joy to be a member of the Girl Up Initiative Uganda Girls’ Advisory Council.

What truly makes me proud as an empowered girl is the knowledge of all my rights and the ability to appreciate myself just the way I am. I feel empowered to freely express myself and make well-informed decisions, which is a fantastic feeling.

With this newfound confidence and understanding, I’m eager to make a positive difference and contribute to a better world

Pauline Nakanwagi

At 17 years old, I embrace qualities like intelligence, a strong faith in God, happiness, and an optimistic outlook on life. It brings me immense joy to be part of the Girls’ Advisory Council at Girl Up Initiative Uganda.

You know what makes me truly proud as an empowered girl? The unwavering belief that I can conquer every problem that comes my way. It’s an empowering feeling to face challenges head-on and know that I have the strength and resilience to overcome them.

With this confidence, I’m excited to continue growing, learning, and making a positive impact on the world around me.

Nalubega Reginah

I am a 17-year-old girl, tall, slim, and dark-skinned. As a young woman, I hold a passion for music, and I strongly believe in authenticity and sincerity, disliking pretentious behavior. It is an honor to be an esteemed member of the Girls Advisory Council at Girl Up Initiative Uganda.

I take immense pride in my empowerment as a girl, which has been nurtured and strengthened through my association with Girl Up. This organization has instilled in me a sense of purpose and self-worth, making me feel special and capable of making a positive impact in the lives of others. I am driven by the knowledge that I possess the capacity to lend a helping hand to fellow girls in need, should the opportunity arise.

With my confident sense of empowerment, I am determined to be an advocate for change and contribute to the betterment of the world, one step at a time.

Awekonimungu Esthera

I am delighted to introduce myself—I am a tall, slim, and beautiful young woman who enjoys connecting with people. It is with great pride that I share my role as a member of the Girls Advisory Council at Girl Up Initiative Uganda.

As an empowered girl, my courage is one of the key attributes that fills me with immense pride. I am unafraid to face challenges head-on and tackle obstacles that come my way. This courage has been nurtured through my experiences with Girl Up, which has empowered me to believe in my capabilities and embrace my strengths.

With this unwavering courage and determination, I am eager to make a positive impact in my community and beyond.

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What Peopel’s Say

We're thrilled to hear from our community and how our works have made a difference in their lives. We're proud to support such a worthy cause and look forward to continuing to empower women through practical skills.

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Regina Nandawula
Regina Nandawula Community Member
Girl Up welcomes all grown ladies and girls. Just know coaches are there ready to mentor you in almost everything you need to start a beautiful living free of charge. Kindly please try them DON'T suffer silently. Girl Up team, Kudos!!
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Paul Atwine
Paul Atwine Parent
I visited girl up offices during the time they were making preparations for the PJ Powers concert. The team was friendly and the ambience organized. They are doing amazing projects with adolescent girls in Uganda most especially in the Biina-Kirombe area.
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Acleo Mugisha
Acleo Mugisha Founder & CEO
The Girls' education is real. The Menstrual health programs are innovative and tailor made for every girl child
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Kimberly Wolf
Kimberly Wolf Community Member
Amazing organization with passionate and welcoming staff.
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