Nice Nailantei Leng’ete

Laureate Freedom from Want Award 2022

Nice Nailantei Leng’ete Laureate Freedom from Want Award 2022

The Kenyan Nice Nailantei Leng’ete fights for the elimination of genital mutilation. She also promotes every young girls' access to health care and education in her home country. She has saved numerous girls from undergoing genital mutilation and from childhood marriages. She helps them by providing education and strengthening the self-esteem of young girls. Leng’ete emphasizes the importance of going to school and is an inspiration to many girls and women as a result of her work.

 

Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic also leaves deep scars in Kenya. As schools were closed the number of teenage pregnancies, child marriages and genital mutilations reached peak levels. Leng'ete breaks many taboos to bring the necessary shift in culture, behavior and beliefs, and is committed to change from within local communities.