Jacqueline, 18 from Uganda’s case is an extraordinary story which highlights how women are scaling boundaries and overcoming challenging situations and adversity to achieve success. Profiled by the CNN, she aspires to be the “best female electrician” in her community.
Having endured a difficult childhood living with a step mother, Jacqueline went to live with an aunt. She was forced into sex work to support herself, her sick aunt and her aunt’s children, according to the CNN.
Jacqueline was a child sex victim for seven years before meeting a social worker from Plan International’s PEVUS (Partnership for Empowerment of Vulnerable Girls and Women) project. After receiving training in electronics, now she earns a decent living repairing electronic devices.
Inspirational African women who overcame challenges
Polline Akello was abducted at 12 and recruited into rebel Joseph Kony’s army in Uganda. She fell pregnant at 16 but managed to escape, her story is one of extraordinary courage and resilience. She’s now a goodwill ambassador and now shares her story in schools around the world to highlight the devastating effects of armed conflict on children.
China Keitetsi is a Ugandan activist who is a former child soldier who spent years fighting during the civil war before her escape. Keitetsi now shares her story around the world to highlight the devastating effects of armed conflict on children.
Mpumi Nobiva a 22 year-old South African born into extreme poverty. As an orphan she was raised by her grandmother after losing her mother to HIV Aids when she was nine years old. Now she’s a motivational and empowerment speaker, rubbing shoulders with renowned personalities such as Oprah Winfrey and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee.