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Be the first. Be bold. Be fearless. Be confident.

These were the words of Kakenya Ntaiya who made a deal with her father: She would undergo the traditional Maasai rite of passage of female circumcision if he would let her go to high school. Kakenya tells the fearless story of continuing on to college, and of working with her village elders to build a school for girls in her community. It’s the educational journey of one that has already altered the destiny of 125 young women.

I invite and encourage you to listen to Kakenya speak about her journey. If you ever feel overwhelmed or question that you make a difference, heed her words:

"Be the first. People will follow you. Be bold. Stand up. Be fearless. Be confident. Move out, because as you change your world, as you change your community, as we believe that we are impacting one girl, one family, one village, one country at a time. We are making a difference, so if you change your world, you are going to change your community, you are going to change your country, and think about that. If you do that, and I do that, aren't we going to create a better future for our children, for your children, for our grandchildren? And we will live in a very peaceful world."



jacollura's picture


I just watched Kakenya's Ted Talk. Such a courageous, inspiring woman. And, she is absolutely right: global change begins with individual action.

JaniceW's picture

It starts with us

Yes, very inspiring.

Muhindo's picture

Yes! Yes!

Those are the bold hearts we really need to change the world and make it a better place to live in;

JaniceW's picture

You are one of those bold hearts!

Thanks for standing up for the women and girls in Uganda. You make a difference.

Amei's picture

This is great!

Action is what we need - Not just words.

She is wonderful.

JaniceW's picture

As are you

Am so glad you have found a fellow Maldivian to be courageous with.

Amei's picture


Not sure what you mean...

5 min later...

I get it... after reading your comment on the other post... LOL

Love you Janice :-)

Abisinuola's picture

I'm inspired. Thank you!

I'm inspired.
Thank you!


JaniceW's picture

Glad you enjoyed it

I'm inspired by you too.

Sarvina's picture

Dear sister Janice, Thanks

Dear sister Janice,

Thanks for sharing! I am so much inspired listening her journey! Well, she's the one who makes other women feel bold too. I am so proud!



Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

JaniceW's picture

Woo hoo

P'ohn srei, I am so happy to see your smiling face. I'll email you to catch up. xx

JaniceW's picture

An inspiring woman

Glad you enjoyed watching her. Have a great day.

Ishtar Zikr's picture

Amazing to know we all carry

Amazing to know we all carry in ourselves both "wings and wind" too.
Such an inspiring story this is! Glad to have come across.

JaniceW's picture

Wings and wind

Yes, we all carry them in ourselves but sometimes it takes another to reveal them to us. I am sure you will shine a light on many a women's wings.

Aminah's picture


What a wonderfully brave message.
Courageous woman.

Thank you for the share. I was so very moved by her sonorous voice.
Such power in them. She has the ability to move her audience with her.


SSD's picture


Superb post, indeed!
Thank you for sharing, dear!


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