Hello! My name is Hilary, I am 24 years old and from Leicestershire in the UK. My family originates from Ghana so I have two places I call home.
I studied Law at the University of Manchester in the North West of England, the three years flew by and following my graduation I found myself as a paralegal for a small but delightful law firm in the same location. Having realised my interests were instead peaked by developmental and human rights issues I decided to gain more experience in the field. I undertook a three-month volunteering experience in Burkina Faso where myself and 11 other volunteers worked to advance women’s rights in the rural village of Réo. We achieved this by educating young students and rural communities on HIV, domestic violence, sexual health and hygiene.
By working with WMI I hope to facilitate in the long lasting change to the lives of the women and young girls here, which has been made possible by the loan program. It will also be a great opportunity to assist with the introduction of reusable sanitary pads to the local area, which I also worked on during my time in Burkina.
I also enjoy knitting, baking and travelling. My most recent adventures took me to Melbourne, Australia where I met a string of people, took a thousand too many photos and camped under the stars with the local wallabies. I then toured New Zealand in a giant green kiwi bus. East Africa has been on my list of places to visit for a while and from the moment the plane landed I have not been disappointed.
Following my time in Uganda I will be taking a hop, skip and a jump over to Ghana where I will be working with the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in order to assist lawyers in the protection of women’s rights through 3 main projects. These projects entail gender inclusion and equality, the creation of better access to justice by increasing awareness to women of their rights and finally a research project into the education and literacy rates in a rural village.
In the meantime, I particularly look forward to getting to know the women of WMI and seeing how their business success continues to foster change within their community.