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Ending Child Marriage in Tanzania

On Thursday, February 9th, Global Ties U.S. in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, honored Rebeca Gyumi with the IVLP Alumni Award for Social Innovation and Change.

Rebeca, who originally visited North Florida on a program aimed at building capacity for nonprofit organizations, successfully led a campaign last year to END CHILD MARRIAGE in Tanzania.

Rebeca Gyumi is a Founder & Executive Director at Msichana Initiative, a local NGO which aims to empower girl child through education and address key challenges which limit girl right to education. She has worked for over 8 years with Femina as TV personality and youth advocate. She is also involved in different campaigns and social charities as a volunteer and ambassador, advocating for safe schools and quality education to Tanzanian students.

She is passionate about girls and women's empowerment.She has paneled and facilitated different national and international forums, with focus on youth empowerment. Rebeca serves as Vice-President for Tanzania Association of U.S. State Alumni (TUSSAA), Global Shaper and sits on the Advisory Board of SNV-Netherlands OYE project.

It is because of the many individuals Rebeca met during her three-week tour of the United States, including North Florida and Sante Fe, New Mexico that gave Rebeca the motivation and ideas needed to make big change in her home country.

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