Yvette Nkurunziza

Girl Guide Leader, action on body confidence advocate, youth training facilitator and mentor

Yvette Nkurunziza is a youth advocate with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), based in Huye District, Rwanda. She speaks French, English and Kinyarwanda.

“2020 is a pivoted year for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. Both men and women need to give a hand to a sustainable future.”

Yvette is fourth year medical student and young leader from the Association des Guides du Rwanda (AGR).

She feels strongly about ending gender-based violence in her country, and around the world, and acts as a mentor for the country’s SPEAK OUT project. SPEAK OUT - which involves girls and boys - teaches girls about their human rights and teaches boys that girls in their communities must be valued and respected.

She is also a trainer and facilitator for the WAGGGS Action on Body Confidence programme and advocates for positive body confidence amongst young women.

Yvette co-founded the DUHUGURANE project, which stands for “let us educate each other”.

“I picked the name because it is thanks to team work and collaboration that we are able to champion things which matters including gender equality.

My volunteers are gender equality activists and health activists.”

Through the project, Yvette speaks out on Radio Communautaire HUYE. She helps educate women on their rights, their health and their own individual role in achieving gender equality.

Yvette is a communications officer and spokesperson for Girl Guides in Rwanda. She has delivered speeches on multiple topics tackling gender equality issues in her country and has represented the Girl Guides of Rwanda at Youth Connect Africa 2018 and 2019, UMURUNGA 2018, WHO tobacco control workshop, MAGIS Africa, Women’s Parliamentarians in Corruption Prevention, Girls’ Day and ACTIONAID workshops.

Ask Yvette about:

- Speaking out on girls’ and women’s health
- Campaigns on gender-based violence, education and prevention
- Action on body confidence

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