Betty Makoni

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Betty Makoni
Born (1971-06-22) 22 June 1971 (age 43)
Residence UK
Nationality Zimbabwean
Alma mater University of Zimbabwe
Known for Gender Activism
Religion Christian

Betty Makoni is a Zimbabwean gender activist who founded the Girl Child Network, which cares for Zimbabwe's young sex abuse victims; the organization has rescued more than 35,000 girls.[1] She earned two degrees from the University of Zimbabwe, and has been awarded numerous national and international awards. Orphaned as a child and sexually abused,[2] Makoni is the principal subject in the documentary film, Tapestries of Hope. She is married with three children.[3]

In 2007, Makoni won the World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child.[4] In 2008, Amnesty International awarded her its Ginetta Sagan Award for her work with the GCN.[5]

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  1. ^ "Child rape survivor saves 'virgin myth' victims". CNN. 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  2. ^ "Child Rights Activist Betty Makoni "Lights Up the Dark" for Abused and Disadvantaged Young Girls". Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  3. ^ "Betty Makoni shines in Hollywood, another award". Retrieved 2009-12-27. 
  4. ^ "Betty Makoni". World's Children's Prize. 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ginetta Sagan Award Winners". Amnesty International. 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 

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