As a child growing up in Northern Ireland, Aoife faced both the pain of living in a conflict zone and the pain of being sexually abused at the hands of her father. She has found solace and healing in the art of meditation.
Like many women in Zambia, when Ngoza Simwanza was pregnant with her firstborn child, she relied on a Traditional Birth Attendant to address complications. The consequences were dire. Today, she advocates for every woman to have access to safe medical care.
As a nurse, Okeny-Lucia has insider knowledge on the state of maternal health in her homeland. She has dedicated her life to rallying for increased access to health care for pregnant women and their children.