I am Keturah Shammah, a Nigerian girls' advocate. Born of September 25th in a humbled family where love, care and sharing were the norms, I grew up and experienced a healthy family relationship. Even thou I was raised by my parents along side my siblings (two boys and four girls) equitably with absolutely no sense of privilege based on gender,  I became aware of gender discrimination in the society and in marital relationship particularly in the African context. I was raised in the community where girls are not provided with strong motivation to pursue education and reach full potentials. The widespread poverty makes it additionally difficult for parents in my community to prioritize the education and training of girls. I anchored into extreme financial barriers and societal factors of all sorts. However, my parents' orientation and commitments to my education gave me a strong motivation towards determination, self-advocacy and hard work that enabled me to graduate with a bachelor degree against all the overwhelming odds. I stayed committed to my education and continue to do same for girls in similar circumstances. Drawn from this principle, I brought on board a prerogative  called 'Girls Education Mission International' to inspire and empower girls through sheer hard work, innovation and commitment to education. My inner guidance is influenced by my first hand experience and background as an African woman.

Through advocacy campaigns, media projects, and works with households, schools and communities to raise awareness and change attitudes at local, national and international levels and starting with 15 Girls in superb density of Luwuna in Kaduna State, today, through Girls Education Mission International, vulnerable girls and women around Nigeria and beyond are provided with quality integrated package of; livelihood to 60 households; Scholarship to 110 girls; Sanitary pads distributed to 150 girls; Literacy and Vocational training to 820 women/girls; Entrepreneurship and mentoring to 530 individuals. And through the mobilization of national and international volunteers/partners, the global campaign #GirlsEducationNowOrNever I launched in 2014 has since been adopted and spreading like wild fire within and outside Nigeria. For almost a decade now, I have been committed to defending, protecting and promoting the rights to education of girls and leading empowerment advocacy efforts around the Millennium Development Goals.  I currently involve in shaping local, national and global policies to benefit girls and young women and also leveraging opportunities for youth.

Recognizing the struggles I endured especially by my “silent” hard work that reflects perseverance, tremendous accomplishment and continued future success in contributing to life and service to humanity, my work has been recognized both on the local and international level. 

One of my greatest challenge is the need for concerned individuals or groups who are willing to commit their time, energy, skills and resources for the sake of girls and women and girls who face gender-based Violence. 

For this reason I have decided to join the Gender-based Violence group which is a supportive space to work together across borders towards a world free of violence. I am here to advance solutions to end domestic violence, rape, human trafficking and all forms of violence against women. I hope to get to connect with survivors and activists, men and women of all regions and backgrounds. I also hope to find supportive allies, resources, and a conducive platform  for me to act.

 I would be glad to have you click my project link  at https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-keep-a-girl-in-school-in-nige...

Keturah Shammah 

Executive Director at Girls Education Mission International Nigeria

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Hello Keturah,

You have outlined the very reasons for this Group and the more we come together to share information and solutions, the stronger we are, and the closer to our shared goal, ending all forms of violence against women, including the prevalent forms that you have well outlined. Your post is an important reminder of what is still so actively taking place in your country, with the threats and violence of Boko Haram. It is very encouraging to read that your hard work is being recognized. I hope that here we can strengthen our connections globally to support each others' efforts and respond quickly and effectively in support of each other when needed. Good luck raising funds for your important efforts toward making it possible for all girls to get education. Your website will hopefully bring in the much needed funds. This project could also be listed under Resources/Need for more widespread view.

In sisterhood,

Tam

Dear Tam,

Am glad to get connected with someone like you who has an opened eye on the situation of Nigerian Girls and Women. The other way to move the needle on gender violence is to get involved in the campaign, spread the word of advocacy and commit resources.

The shocking incidents of terrorist attacks and kidnappings of women and girls most especially in Nigeria reminds us that getting an education is still a dangerous thing for a girl child. It is required of us to join hands in ensuring that girls have access to safe and affordable education.

The attacks on education in Nigeria by Boko Haram are making it harder for us to persuade parents to let their children especially girls to stay on at school. In context of this, I am calling for a joint effort in ensuring that girls get enrolled, stayed and succeed in school. My plea is for us to collectively pull resources in helping parents keep their daughters in school without intimidation by SUPPORTING our PROJECT via this link  https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-keep-a-girl-in-school-in-nige...

Expecting your Support! for "Greater,Together!"

Keturah Shammah

Girls Education Mission International, Nigeria