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Godfrey Ochieng Okumu

Tostan International
Program Officer
Dakar, Senegal
Godfrey is a social change advocate/activist with over 19 years of experience in community-led interventions, movement building, human rights advocacy and management of social change projects in Africa.

In his professional life, Godfrey has supported and nurtured grassroots groups and communities on human rights advocacy, campaigning and networking/social movements. He previously worked for NIGEE, where his roles were to spearhead campaigns on ending child marriage and FGM/C which also included championing for girl’s access to quality education. He also previously worked for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a Field Coordinator for a Youth Intervention, where he was part of the team that adapted the eminently known Adolescents HIV/AIDS Evidence-Based Families Matter! and Healthy Choices I&II programs in Kenya. As part of his international assignment, he also worked for Actionaid International Zambia as a National Youth Inspirator where he supported the establishment of a National Youth Coordinating Team with decentralized structures in the rural communities to enhance rollout of youth social change campaigns in Zambia. In 2018, he was appointed to be a member of the International Planning Team for the GNB Global meeting 2018 under Girls Not Brides.

At Tostan, Godfrey is part of the Program/TTC training team and he is supporting in CEP trainings, pedagogy and conception, building partnerships, monitoring and evaluating of training modules. He’s also the focal person for the Tostan’s Training and Replication pathway, where he is currently supporting Tostan’s pilot project in Nigeria called “Uniting Nigerian Communities to End Violence Against Women and Girls” which plans to build the capacity of networks of religious leaders, both Muslim and Christian, and of CSOs in Nigeria who works with disadvantaged, mostly rural communities that are affected by problems related to gender equality and VAWG.

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