Meridian IVLP Alumna Rebeca Gyumi Receives Award for Work in Tanzania

Rebecca Gyumi Receives Award for Social Innovation and Change
Rebeca Gyumi (right) receiving "IVLP Alumni Award for Social Innovation and Change" from fellow alum Vincente Lopez-Ibor Mayor (left)

On Thursday, February 9 Meridian IVLP Alum Rebeca Gyumi of Tanzania was the recipient of the "IVLP Alumni Award for Social Innovation and Change" at the Global Ties U.S. National Conference. Rebeca formerly participated in a 2013 International Visitor Leadership Program administrated by Vice President of Convening Frank Justice that focused on "Inspiring Leadership and Civic Participation" in America's Youth.

Gyumi, Founder and Executive Director of the Msichana Initiative, was honored at the event for her efforts to empower local girls through education and break down barriers that otherwise barred access. Prior to founding the Initiative, she worked as a TV personality and advocate for over 8 years with Femina HIP, a multimedia platform and civil society initiative that works with "youth, communities and strategic partners across Tanzania" to promote "healthy lifestyles, sexual health, HIV prevention, gender equality and citizen engagement."

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