Betty Makoni

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Betty Makoni
Born (1971-06-22) 22 June 1971 (age 43)
Rusape, Zimbabwe
Residence UK
Nationality Zimbabwean
Alma mater University of Zimbabwe
Known for Gender Activism
Religion Christian
Website
http://girlchildnetworkworldwide.org/

Betty Makoni is a Zimbabwean gender activist who in 1999 founded the Girl Child Network, a charity 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.

Early life[edit]

Makoni grew up in St Mary’s in the suburb of Chitungwiza. When she was six, Makoni was raped at knifepoint by a shopkeeper in her neighborhood who believed that raping virgins brings luck. Her mother died in a domestic violence incident when Makoni was nine.

Career[edit]

Makoni became a teacher after she received her university diploma. In 2000 she began permanently volunteering for the Girl Child Network.[3] In 2012 her autobiography Never Again was published. The book was launched in Essex on 13 April 2013.

Accolades[edit]

In 2003 the Women's World Summit Foundation awarded Makoni with the Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life.[4] In 2007, Makoni won the World's Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child.[5] In 2008, Amnesty International awarded her its Ginetta Sagan Award for her work with the GCN.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Makoni left Zimbabwe in 2008, following torture threats. She now lives in England.[7] She is married with three children.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "The Truth About: Betty Makoni". New Zimbabwe. 13 October 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Pradervand, Elly. "Series on Women Changing the World: Betty Makoni, Zimbabwe". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Betty Makoni". World's Children's Prize. 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ginetta Sagan Award Winners". Amnesty International. 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Truth About: Betty Makoni". Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Betty Makoni shines in Hollywood, another award". Retrieved 2009-12-27. 

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