Empowerment of girls through performing arts, education, menstrual hygiene management and sexual reproductive health rights.
Farida Atieno Oloo, 27 years of age is an ambitious young woman with a passion of putting a kink on the socially accepted norms that continues to derail and disempower women and girls at the community level, especially those at the informal settlement.
She was born and bred in the informal settlements of Mathare in Nairobi, Kenya. Being from the underserved community, Farida witnessed and experienced different forms of economic, social and leadership inequalities and broad gender gaps that were scaled against girls and young women. The interactions shaped her belief and values on ensuring a fight for a just community that not only promote equality between all genders but also a culture that ensure transformation of toxic social norms.
Farida started her early and primary education at Moi Airbase Primary school which is also located in Mathare, she later joined St. Valentines Girls Boarding School in Machakos County for Secondary education after which she joined Kenya Institute of Management in Nairobi where she graduated with a diploma in project management. She then joined Management University of Africa where she currently doing bachelors of project management.
It is worth noting that post-secondary, Farida was awarded a scholarship by Voices of Change Art Project where she was a long time member, her dedication, hard work and determination so her attend a music school in Norway, Music Folkehogskolen Viken where she graduated with a diploma in Music. Moreover, Music Folkehogskolen Viken has been supporting her higher education.
Farida is also enthusiastic and passionate about performing arts and mentorship which in a big way aided her in her women and girl’s rights work at the community. In this regards, she founded the Farida Girls Foundation in 2016 to create a safe spaces for participation by women and girls in governance, leadership, policy, decision-making and sexual reproductive health and rights, the interventions and mitigations are tailored to alleviate the suffering of the vulnerable members of the community, girls and young women.
Farida Girls Foundation empowers girls and young women through performing arts, education, menstrual hygiene management and sexual reproductive health Rights. The organization believes in linking and learning, a value which enabled the organization to open the first Sanitary Pads bank in Mathare informal settlements to restore dignity to school going girls whose parents cannot meet the monthly sanitary cost.
In the near future through linking/support from other like-minded organizations/persons, Farida is looking up to open a girls empowerment centre in Mathare and other informal settlements both in Nairobi and other counties.