Mary helda Akongo

Country representing

Uganda

Education

  • Makerere University
  • Bachelor of Information Technology

Current organisation

Zimba Women

Current role

Operations and programs manager

Skills and Expertise

Activism
Community management
Information technology
Social entrepreneurship
Women’s rights

Areas of interest

Business
Human Rights
Leadership
Sustainable Development
Youth Unemployment

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

Actions

I am currently the operations and program manager of Zimba Women and in charge of day to day running of the organization and vigorous programmatic excellence. Zimba Women is a social enterprise that provides tools and technology platforms, business training, mentorship, and networks to improve the livelihoods of women and girls in under-served communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Our key project activities involve providing capacity building through entrepreneurship training to offer skills for women and girls, business coaching, mentorship for women in business and women in STEM, knowledge transfer, access to resources and networks, digital literacy training, digital marketing services. I am currently in charge of various programs for example the mentorship program which has 85 mentors and mentees that have been matched for a period of one year, the Funzi training program which is a 6 weeks training program for women in technology and women in entrepreneurship to gain skills for both personal and professional development and other programs. In December 2017, I decided to speak out about my experience as a survivor of domestic violence. I wrote an article on my blog. Surprisingly, an editor at the Daily Monitor (Uganda’s National Newspaper) reached out to me and requested to share my article on the newspaper which I agreed to although my fear urged me to say no. It was yet another shocking surprise when NTV Uganda, asked me to share my story on National TV, which I also agreed to. I was so shocked when women started reaching out to me on my social media platforms to commend me on my bravery and to say that they were inspired by my story and as a result, they were going to share theirs and also seek out help. As a result, I have founded Roaring Doves, a community-based organization that encourages women who are victims of both online/internet and offline violence to speak out and support each other.