Charlene Chekenya

2017 Fellowship Alumna, Zimbabwe

Giving Girls a Voice: Why One Woman in Zimbabwe Is Bringing GBV Stories to Light

Charlene Chekenya stands at the front of a room and speaks to a group of people sitting in chairs

It’s only by getting the community to unite that we can expose the repercussions of GBV. It’s my job to initiate those conversations and to create those platforms.

Charlene Chekenya, 2017 Fellowship Alumna

To inspire her community to unite against gender-based violence, Charlene Chekenya is bringing stories about gender-based violence survivors to light. She launched the STAND Foundation Trust for Women and Girls to equip young women and girls across Zimbabwe through dialogue on women’s rights, sanitary distributions, self-defense lessons, and mentorship. Learn more in this YALI Voices blog post.

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