Nikumbuke: Health and the UN Development Goals by Motorbike
October 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Speakers: Bendettah Muthina Thomas
In her talk, Bendettah will share her personal and professional stories of engagement with Global Health through her collaboration with UW-Madison that led to the creation of a very effective infrastructure in rural Kenya to address the UN Millennium Development Goals in 2009, and later the Sustainable Development Goals after 2015.
Bendettah is an extraordinary leader that leads and inspires action for the sake of rural women. She was born and raised in rural Kenya where she has developed a very effective infrastructure to apply the UN Sustainable Development Goals for girls and women, and for entire communities. In 2009, Bendettah started working with a few women from two rural communities of southeast Kenya bordering Tanzania. Currently, Bendettah is leading a very active movement that comprehends more than 2000 women from 20 villages working together for sustainable wellbeing. Bendettah is extremely creative and smart, and she has an innate passion to work with rural women and improve their lives in a sustainable way. Bendettah has collaborated very closely with UW-Madison since 2009; she has been the local leader behind the United Nations awarded UW program “Health by Motorbike” and is currently leading the 4W “Health by All Means” programs on global health and sustainable wellbeing. In addition, since 2009, Bendettah has hosted more than 200 UW-Madison undergrad and grad students through her organization “Nikumbuke Project” (“Remember Me Project”). For her creativity and leadership skills, Bendettah has received numerous awards, including the Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life from the Women’s World Summit Foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Wisconsin Without Borders Recognition Award for global Engaged Scholarship.