Women for Change

Women for Change

The Women for Change committee was established in 2016, with the aim of working together to support specific women's education projects identified by The LBW Trust. The committee consists of influential women of business and media, comprising: Natalie Abdel-Sayed Virginia Briggs Liz Courtney (Chair) Eleanor Hall Mary Konstantopoulos (Secretary) Lisa McIntyre Kristin Stubbins In its inaugural campaign, the Women for Change committee hosted a week of events around International Women's Day 2017, with Dr Kakenya Ntaiya brought to Australia as a guest of and keynote speaker for The LBW Trust. Fundraising in this week has allowed the Trust to establish a scholarship program for the first 26 graduates of the Kakenya Center for Excellence to attend university, and you can read more about the week and the initiative below.

Dr Kakenya Ntaiya

"If I can help one person, and that person can help another person, then it becomes a change"

Click here to hear the interview that started it all - Dr Kakenya Ntaiya and Eleanor Hall on The World Today (2016)

About Dr Kakenya Ntaiya

Dr Kakenya Ntaiya runs an international foundation based on her ground-breaking school in Kenya. She has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, and a vision to inspire girls to dream big. This is far from the future her parents had mapped out for her. As a Maasai village girl, she was engaged to be married when she was 5 and would have ended her schooling at age 12, if not for an extraordinary bargain she made with her father. She would undergo the tribal ritual of circumcision if he would allow her to finish school. Dr Kakenya Ntaiya did not know then what female genital mutilation was, nor how lucky she would be to survive it. Now, she has set up a school where parents must agree that their girls will not undergo FGM, and will not be married before they finish school. The Kakenya Center for Excellence has so far transformed the lives of more than 230 young women in Kenya through education.

The LBW Trust and the Graduating Students Program

The LBW Trust has established a scholarship program to support the tertiary education of students graduating from the Kakenya Center for Excellence. The LBW Trust is raising funds to send all of Dr Kakenya’s Graduating Students this year to University. The funds will assist to cover their entry fees, campus accommodation, books, and a small food allowance. For more information about our scholarship program please contact: elizabeth@battingforchange.com.au