Girl Child Network Worldwide is governed by a Board of Trustees
Overall Board of Trustee Responsibilities
- Vision and Mission: Ensure the integrity of Girl Child Network Worldwide’s mission and the strategic planning to underpin the mission. Protect and nurture Girl Child Network Worldwide’s reputation as ambassadors who champion our organization.
- Financial: Oversee the financial stability of Girl Child Network Worldwide to support appropriate programmes, facilities and staff compensation through diligent scrutiny of financial documents; and
- ensuring implementation and execution of best practice financial processes and controls.
- Chief Executive: Hire, nurture, support, evaluate Chief Executive and ensure succession planning is in place.
After thorough search, vetting, assessments and due diligence, the women who were selected to be trustees of Girl Child Network Worldwide at a meeting of 12 November 2012 and subsequent meetings are the following:
Her Royal Highness Princess `Deun Adodyin-Solarin-Trustee Chair
Princess ‘Deun is a Broadcaster & Media Consultant; A real ‘Princess’ of the Adedoyin Royal Lineage; she is the Grand Daughter of HRM Oba William Christopher Adedoyin II, Akarigbo Anoko of Sagamu, Remo-land, Nigeria. She sits on the board as Operational Director for Media and Communications of the Global Women Inventors & Innovators Network (GWIIN) & African Women of Essence International (AWEI), and as Chair Board of Trustees & Official Global Spokesperson for Girl Child Network Worldwide (GCNW). Her roles cover Community Development, Nation Building, Communication & Media, Leadership, Mentorship, Empowerment etc within the African Community in UK, across the wider UK Society, Europe, Africa and the Globe.
A graduate of Journalism and Communication Arts, with over 35 years experience in the Print & Electronic Media plus 15+ years in the Entertainment & Music Industries. She is an articulate Talk-Show Host, Toast Master, Master of Ceremonies, Project Manager, Events Consultant & Community Leader with vast experience as a seasoned and veteran Broadcast Journalist, her debut as a young Broadcaster was with the Nigerian Television Authority at the young of 17yrs, where her career started in 1975.
She is Producer & Host of her cutting-edge talk- show ‘Princess of Arize!’ where she puts the Spotlight on People, Organisations & Businesses, who want to indeed ‘Arize!’ and make a Difference as Positive ‘Agents of Change’ in the 21st Century. She also has a keen interest to Showcase Women, whose innovative efforts as Leaders, Professionals; Entrepreneurs & Achievers gets overlooked, as they do not get the much deserved exposure for their hard work & efforts. Her TV show is Broadcast on BEN TV London, Sky 182 every Saturdays @10am.
Princess ‘Deun is recipient of various Awards for her contribution to the Development & Growth of a Better Quality of Life; using her professional sheen in Communication & Media to impact Society. To name a few ~ The British Female Inventors & Innovators Special Recognition GWIIN/BFIIN Award 2007, for Creating her Innovative ‘Arize!’ Brand, as a Capacity Building Initiative & Marketing Tool Platform; The UK Tenacity Award 2007 for her involvement & tireless efforts in Community Development; The N-4-Life Lifetime Achievement Award 2010 & The BEFFTA 2012 ‘Media Icon’ Award, in recognition of her Outstanding Achievements & Contributions in the Broadcast, Media & Entertainment Industries, using these Skills & Talent to Promote & Build a Positive Image for Nigeria, Africa & The Diaspora on the Global Socio-Political & Economic Stage.
Princess ‘Deun loves to engage with People of diverse backgrounds and has a deep respect & understanding of Europe and Africa; having lived and worked within the two cultures. She is married to Ayo Solarin, a Legal Practitioner & one of Africa’s leading Intellectual Property Specialists. They reside in the Suburbs of Surrey, United Kingdom with their four delightful Children.
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Her Royal Highness Princess Toyin abod-Onagoruwa- Trustee Board of Directors
Motto: Believing in Yourself
Princess Toyin is the CEO and an experienced, multi-skilled facilitator and Event Management Consultant, who is also a talented and qualified HR and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountant) and currently studying International Business Law.
She is the first Grand-daughter of HRH Oba Onagoruwa of Odogbolu, Ogun State in Nigeria, and a Successful Woman Entrepreneur with the attitude and the inner drive to make a difference within the Community both at home and in Diaspora. As a granddaughter of a King and a Professional, she has had to Motivate, Inspire and Empower Women and Girls to believe in themselves in every aspect of her career where she starts as a young Banker in Nigeria.
Princess Toyin is also highly treasured HR personnel within the Oil and Gas Industry, where she developed the Community interface skill having worked for many years with diverse calibre of people from different ethnic background. With her vast experience of accounting background and her quest to impact and empower more women in the community, she re-trained to attain a Diploma in Events Management, a 3 year course incorporating an International Beauty Therapy qualification. She then set up her Consulting business, facilitating Events Sponsorship, Fundraising and managing the Event.
Princess Toyin sits on Board of Directors at Kiwanis Uk/ Unicef, training the leaders to enhance leadership and motivating members to become a leader, Recently appointed as a Trustee on board of directors at (GCNW) Girl Child Network Worldwide, she is a Co-founder of the New Pan African Movement and Volunteer/Support of British Red Cross and Save the children fund. She is amongst a few female entrepreneurs who have managed a High Profile Corporate Events such as a State Business Forum Conference and co-ordinate a high profile corporate birthday for an Ex President of Nigeria.
In all aspect of life, we all need someone to lean on; her commitment to GCNW is to see many more testimonies of achievement through the support of the unknown. Believe in yourself that knowledge is power.
Nneka Mcgregor -LLB-Her Motto:Change The World
Nneka MacGregor is an advocate who works with government and other organizations to eradicate violence against women. She is the co-founder and Chief Executive of the Girl Child Network Worldwide, also known as the Girl Child Network Worldwide, this unique non-profit organization that was created for women survivors of gender-based violence, by women survivors. The organization works diligently to ensure that social policies and practices are responsive to the needs of women and their children fleeing abuse, globally.
She has sat on a number of Advisory Boards and Portfolios, including the Toronto Police Domestic Violence Action Plan Portfolio, the Ontario Women’s Trusteeate / Emergency Medical Services Project Steering Portfolio, and was the Chair of the Legal Aid Ontario’s Domestic Violence Response Training Project’s Steering Portfolio. In 2007, she was selected by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario as an expert panellist to review services provided to women survivors and children. She is currently a member of a Portfolio developed by the Board of the Psychology Foundation of Canada to investigate the viability and need for an education initiative on the impact of partner abuse on children (ImPAC).
Nneka develops and delivers training to various agencies and organizations that promotes better understanding of the issues, and focuses on personal and political advocacy for women survivors, as well as on ways to engage men and boys in the initiatives to eradicate violence against women.
‘It’s critical that those with the lived experience be the ones at the centre of social policy and reform. We must leave the shame behind and focus on ways to empower ourselves, our children … our society as a whole, to understand that violence against women, in any shape or form, is not acceptable. So we use our personal tragedies as a way to change the world – for the better.”
Nneka is currently has Masters in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Vicky Banda: (BA) Sociology/ (MA) Human Rights
Moto: Embrace your own ‘POWER’ in order to ‘EMPOWER’ and be ‘EMPOWERED’!
Born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Vicky has a (BA) in Sociology and holds an (MA) in Human Rights. Vicky is the CEO of AfroNtombi which translated means ‘African Girl’. AfroNtombi is an organisation that focuses on gender empowerment through the creative arts, whether it is poetry, jewellery making, dramatic performance or painting. Girls are given the opportunity to tell/share and express their stories of triumph against all odds through the medium of creative arts.
Vicky’s research interests vary from Gender Based Violence in Conflict Zones, Truth and Reconciliation, the Involvement of Women within the Peace Process, The Social Construction of HIV/AIDS in Africa by Western Media, Human Rights Based Approaches to Gender Development in the Global South, Refugee and Migration Issues, Advocacy, Social Justice Issues and Civil Society Mobilisation.
Vicky has represented her country at International conferences on Youth and Gender Development in Tokyo Japan and has been an observer on a variety of committee sessions at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. She has sat on a variety of panels on Female Genital Mutilation and Gender Based Violence. She is a current member of UNA-UK and currently works the British Red Cross which is part of the worlds largest humanitarian organisation.Vicky considers herself a human rights activist and an advocate for social justice.
Her motivation is the plight faced by refugees and migrants whose lives are affected by and living with HIV/AIDS in the African Diaspora. These people tend to be marginalised and face discrimination within the host country. It is her belief that all forms of discrimination that they face be eliminated and their human rights recognised. From her work experience with refugees she recognizes that there is a need to address the various issues which affect refugees and migrants affected by HIV/AIDS. She took a keen interest in the issues of poverty and lack of education affecting migrant children in contemporary Britain and the policy responses being made to address these issues, it was apparent that there were some shortcomings which have not been adequately addressed. During her time at World Vision and the Girl Child Network Worldwide as a volunteer she developed a keen interest in the area of advocacy and children’s rights, namely those of the girl child. It is her hope that through her professional life she will be in a position of assistance to those children who are displaced by gender based violence, war, natural disasters or other local, national or regional instability and insecurity in their country of origin, in order to alleviate the levels of poverty, illiteracy and social exclusion they face in the Diaspora. Ultimately her goal is to be a human rights advocate and researcher, specialising in the rights of the girl child and women in Africa.
She believes that a combination of past work experience and academic background she has acquired transferable skills that have furthered her knowledge in human rights, however she believes that the opportunity to be a trustee of Girl Child Network Worldwide will compliment and consolidate her experience gained in her working, academic and personal life. During her tenure as Secretary of the board Vicky would like to fulfil her keen desire to reinforce her experience with formal, practical and comprehensive understanding of Girl Child Network Worldwide at governance level.
Girl Child Network Worldwide day to day operations are managed by Founder and Chief Executive Officer and a team of volunteers and an accounting firm.
Muzvare-Her Royal Highness Betty Makoni -Chief Executive Officer
Motto:Empower And Overcome
Muzvare Betty Makoni (BA Gen, BA Special Hons, currently pursuing MSc in Social Work Full Time at Royal Holloway University 2014-2016) is Founder and current Chief Executive Officer of Girl Child Network Worldwide, a registered international organisation championing for empowerment and education of girls in Africa since 2009. She was recently appointed as Advisor to Board of International Peace Group based in South Korea. From 1998 to 2008 after founding Girl Child Network in Zimbabwe she worked with over 350 000 girls over a decade and helped many of them to grow into confident women leaders that they are today. With her proactive and preventative girls empowerment model which has been replicated in over 10 countries worldwide, she churned out thousands of girls from poor backgrounds who are in various careers previously dominated by men.
In her many high profile titles, millions across the world passionately call her CNN Hero as she was the top in 2009 category for Protecting the Powerless and was honoured by Goodwill Ambassador Nicole Kidman. Recently in UK she was presented with the Prestigious Profile In Courage award for her role to stop FGM and harmful cultural practices in UK and Africa. In her many other community leadership roles she is an Ashoka Fellow, CNN hero, UK Diaspora Changemaker and an officially approved and awarded Motivational Speaker of the year-2014 in UK . Her career spans over many years as a gender activist to UK Gender Based Expert with special focus on girls . In her tribe and many African Royal communities round the world, she holds an official title Muzvare-Her Royal Highness-The Princess. Recently she was officially installed as a Yeye Ashiwaju Omoba translated means Mother of and Leader of African Princesses by Princess Deun Adedoyin Solarin of Nigeria which is the highest honour an African woman can get from her people.
Muzvare Betty Makoni`s experiences shaped her to be the advocate and champion for girls rights she is today. Orphaned at age 9, she grew up as one of the most poorest and marginalised African girls in the early 1980s and the education she attained up to degree level was through the Work For Your Education program where she became a child labourer at a middle girls` catholic school in Zimbabwe and it is this experience that shaped her to be the humanitarian she is today. In 1998 she founded the Girl Child Network in her home country and gave her time fundraising in order to build Girls Empowerment Villages that rehabilitated over 70 000 girls sexually abused. Realising what she had done to empower herself as a poor girl , she went back into the poorest areas of Zimbabwe with a leadership and mentorship program that inspired, motivated and empowered over 350 000 girls in school based clubs. Today Girl Child Network is a model replicated in six African countries with her volunteer time to train, nurture and support many leaders. She has started a Girl Child Empowerment pilot project at a Girls School in UK and USA.
In 2012, Muzvare Betty Makoni was one of the first to be selected to the team of experts for Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) was officially launched on 30 January 2013 by the UK Foreign Office. As a Gender Based Violence expert she had the honour of campaigning and advocating to leaders of G8 and diplomatic missions based in London on the need to support initiatives to prevent rape as a weapon of war. She is apparently developing her career as a gender based violence expert for recently she was selected to be part of the Team of experts to work on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict an initiative by Foreign office.
Muzvare Betty Makoni has passion to work to save the most vulnerable and powerless women and girls and those invisible and therefore her activism to speak and advocate for women from her base in UK. Her efforts are focused in creating the Girls Empowerment and Education Fund to be managed by Girl Child Network Worldwide ensuring marginalised girls in Africa get support for their projects without bureaucracy and delays leading to loss of lives and human potential.
Despite the challenges, persecutions and trials and tribulations, Muzvare Betty Makoni has not stopped her humanitarian work to rescue and protect the most vulnerable women and children wherever she sees them suffering. She has become the spokesperson and advocate of the voiceless. She recently published her second book entitled Never again, not to any woman or girl again and has gone to inspire and speak to many women round the globe on the need to strengthen their work and build sustainable income at grassroots level to support whatever innovative strategies that alleviate poverty and violence.
Even though many associate Muzvare Betty Makoni with formation of Girl Child Network only, she has many organisations she formed like Ray of Hope in Zimbabwe which supports survivors of domestic violence at grassroots level. Her life was spent volunteering to shape policies and strategies of other big organisations like Oxfam Novib, UNAIDS and currently she is dedicated to supporting the work of Restored UK as a Trustee to ensure there is a strong global alliance to stop violence against women. Girls round the world have expressed gratitude to Muzvare Betty Makoni as they passionately call her by writing her story and making it a life donation that has inspired and empowered many girls round the world. One of her girls she admires the most Memory Bandera set up Girl Child Network Uganda where she helps many girls.
Muzvare Betty Makoni has a lifetime of volunteerism and service to many causes and has served on Oxfam Novib and UNAIDS Round Tables. She sits on many boards of high profile organisations like RESTORED UK and serves as Ambassador and Patron of Africa Achievers Award and Zimbabwe Achievers Awards. Muzvare Betty Makoni is the first woman to serve as Global Ambassador for UN 19 days of Activism for prevention of Child Abuse by Women World Summit an organisation with UN consultative status. Muzvare Betty Makoni recently accepted to be Patron of UK based Malawi Women`s Association, an organisation whose success she wants to see.
For all her hard and passionate work she has been featured by major television and radio stations and global newspapers like Metro UK just recently as Woman of Courage, CNN, BBC, Huffington Post, Channel Five UK, New York Times, Marie Claire, Voice of America, The South African to name but a few. The world has responded by documenting the success of her work and the many beneficiaries whose lives were saved or transformed. CNN, Dalai Lama, World Children`s Prize and My Hero`s Project awarded Muzvare Betty Makoni as a hero. Zimbabwe Institute of Management awarded their first national contribution to Muzvare Betty Makoni. Her tribe where she is a royal officially conferred the Title Muzvare- Her Royal Highness the Princess to Muzvare Betty Makoni for saving girls lives. To her name are 46 global awards from the most Prestigious organisations in the world making her the most awarded African women where with the Decade Global Child Rights hero she became one of the honorary winners alongside President Nelson Mandela.
Muzvare Betty Makoni might be the highest honoured and awarded African woman in the world with 42 local, regional and global awards for innovation, commitment and passion for her work to protect over 300,000 girls in Zimbabwe. United Nations Red Ribbon award honoured Muzvare Betty Makoni and Girl Child Network as having the most innovative strategy for gender equality. Muzvare Betty Makoni is an Ashoka Fellow and singled out as one of the investors in poor and marginalised women and girls deserving of this life honour as a fellow. News Week named Betty as one of the 150 women who shake the world, alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. An Honorary Decade Child Rights Hero award (2011) that Muzvare Betty Makoni received alongside President Nelson Mandela, who won the award, also shows the impact Muzvare Betty Makoni has made globally. In UK, Power Women named her Motivational speaker of the year.
Muzvare Betty Makoni is a published author of a poetry book, A woman, Once a Girl: Breaking Silence, which was recently launched in London. Her Autobiography Never Again, not on any woman or girl http://bettymakoni.authorsxpress.com/ is inspiring women round the globe. Her latest poetry book entitled, The Inspiring and Empowering World of Muzvare Betty Makoni celebrates many women who inspire her and also creates a 21st century rhythm for the women`s movement.
Muzvare Betty Makoni is a hostess of a women and girls empowerment program on Pamtengo Radio every Monday. She is also hostess of a radio program called Never Again whose title is taken from her official Autobiography and weekly featured on the popular Zimbabwean radio called Nehanda Radio.
Muzvare Betty Makoni is featured in best-selling books including Women Who Light the Dark by Paola Gianturco, On The Up by Nikki and Rob Wilson, as well as main subject in the award winning documentary, Tapestries of Hope, by U.S. Hollywood Director Michealene Risley. The Girl Child Network Empowerment Model which she started in 1998 has been singled out as Best Practice and included in University of Essex Journal for Human Rights 2010.
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Principles and Values
GCNW continues to accomplish its mission through implementing our core principles:
- Integrity— we deliver our programs with truth and openness and know we must remain accountable at all times. Everything we say and do must show that we are open and clean in our words and deeds.
- Innovation— new and unique approaches are needed in order to effectively prevent and combat the exploitation of girl children and to aid in the rehabilitation process.
- Passion— we do everything from the heart. Our work inspires and is inspired by our personal stories and the stories of the girls we represent.
- Commitment— we started as volunteers and we will commit our time and resources above what others contribute.
- Excellency— We must be the best in whatever we do. No part of our work is insignificantly done.
- Action— we continually strive for concrete results through concrete action.
- Empowerment— everyone we work with or target must be able to stand up for themselves, our role being to facilitate this process.
- Empathy— the ability to have compassion for the circumstances of other human beings lies at the core of GCNW ideology, the belief being that if empathy were adequately cultivated within individuals and societies, compassion and mutual well-being would prevail. We work to deeply instil this ability in GCNW affiliates.
- Teamwork— we believe the solution requires all of us playing a role and that each role is essential.
- Learning and Sharing— As we generate and share knowledge it will make us stronger and better. We are an organization that promotes a learning culture.
Girl Child Network Worldwide wishes to thank the following trustees, advisors, volunteers and staff for the support given to the charity since inception.Your hard work laid foundation for the charity and we value your work forever.
Leanne Grossmann is founding Trustee of Girl Child Network Worldwide who provided time, technical assistance and donations in cash to the charity
Maggie Howel, MBE, Chair of GCNW Trustees
Maggie Howell who was honored by the Queen of England as a MBE (Member of the British Empire). She has worked in women`s rights and aid for 32 years.