Amy Maglio is the Founder and Executive Director of Women’s Global Education Project (WGEP). WGEP started in 2004 and for the past 15+ years has worked closely with grassroots community partners to educate, empower, and promote equality for women and girls in rural Senegal and Kenya. In 2010, Amy was invited to present WGEP’s model as a “Best Practice” approach to girls’ education at the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative Conference in Dakar, Senegal, and was a drafter of the UN Declaration on Gender Equality. The Obama Foundation, Chicago Foundation for Women, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Neutrogena Corp., International Women Associates, and Chicago Public Radio have recognized Amy for her work and leadership.
Amy holds a master’s degree from the School of International Service at the American University in Washington, D.C. and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is a gender specialist with experience in the field of international development having worked for nonprofit, business and government agencies. She began her career with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a gender research analyst measuring the impact of the agency’s programs on women worldwide. Amy served in the United States Peace Corps in West Africa as an agriculture specialist.
Daniela Bovio has over 15 years of experience in non-profit finances. Before joining WGEP, Daniela was the Associate Director for Fiscal Operations at El Valor Corporation and later a Finance Associate at the Environmental Law and Policy Center. Daniela has performed and supervised most aspects of non-profit financial operations and employee benefits administration with a focus on process improvement. Daniela has an M.B.A from Edgewood College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello.
Lily Messih is a longtime advocate for women and children, whose career has focused on promoting social justice. Most recently, she served as Catholic Relief Services’ Regional Representative for Middle East Programs, coordinating US-based assistance to projects in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, the West Bank, and Gaza, as well as representing CRS to the State Department and USAID.
She brings to WGEP her background in law and public policy, including her experience as a Policy Analyst for the Alliance for Children and Families and as a Research and Advocacy Associate for Catholic Relief Services. Lily has served on the City of Toronto Committee on the Status of Women which dealt with diverse women’s issues including childcare and violence against women. She holds Masters degrees in law and international affairs from Columbia University, and a law degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Besides English, she speaks Arabic and French.
Aniceta served as a community delegate to Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO), a prominent national women’s organization in Kenya, and quickly became their Vice-Chairlady for the entire district. In 1996, after conducting research and attending workshops for MYWO on FGM, she started the Ntanira Na Mugambo, or “Circumcision with Words” program as an alternative to FGM, helping girls in the community abandon the harmful practice of FGM. After the success of that first program, she formed the Tharaka Women’s Welfare Program, TWWP to help women and girls in the community on a variety of issues including girl’s education, health and economic development. In recognition of her outstanding services to the development of women, she was given the Presidential Award of the Head of State Commendation (HSC) in 2006 by the president of Kenya. In 2007, TWWP began partnering with Women’s Global Education Project, and is the lead agency responsible for implementing WGEP’s Sisters to School Kenya program. In 2014 Aniceta was recognized for her leadership efforts to eradicate FGM/C with a Kenya Presidential Award from the National Gender and Equality Commission.
After completing high school, Rael went on to Sipet College where she received a certificate in computer studies. She was then elected as Chair of the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO) in Tharaka South. As Chair of MYWO, Rael furthered the organization’s mission of empowering women socially, economically and politically. In 2008, Rael became the Field Assistant for Tharaka Women’s Welfare Program (TWWP). In her role as Field Assistant, Rael assists the Project Director with project implementation, management, evaluation and reporting. Rael was recognized in 2014 as a Girl Child Crusader for Tharaka Nithi County and as a Human Rights Crusader in 2013.
Sarah was a WGEP scholar from grade 5 through her high school graduation. Her ultimate dream is to teach Mass Communication at a university. As Outreach Officer, Sarah heads our literacy initiatives, making regular trips to 29 villages throughout the Tharaka region.
Dorcas serves as an Assistant Officer in the Our Sisters Read program with Tharaka Women’s Welfare Project.
Dorcas participated in TWWP’s Alternative Rite of Passage program in 2010, and became a TWWP Scholar in 2011. With the assistance from TWWP and WGEP, she became the first person in her family to graduate (with honors) from university.
I have been involved of the program since 2004. My lifelong mission has been to educate children. In fact, I am a teacher at the Saint Thèrèse School in Sokone, which hosted the first WGEP scholarship recipient, Khady Ndiaye!
Working with WGEP allows me to fulfill my mission as an educator, especially for girls living in disadvantaged areas. I am delighted to be able to participate in the improvement of their studying conditions, their successes, and their full development as scholars. WGEP’s work on social issues and our positive results are certainly being recognized by the community!
I am a former beneficiary of the “Our Sisters to School” Program. I have been working for WGEP since June 2016, first as an outreach officer in the “Our Sisters Read” program and currently as a program assistant in the “Our Sisters Lead” program. I participate in many activities to support the education of children in my community. My motivations for working for WGEP are: its approach to education and leadership training for girls in the Fatick region of Senegal.
I have been working for WGEP since September 2016, first as Coordinator of the Our Sisters Read program and currently as Program Coordinator for Our Sisters Lead. I volunteered at YMCA / Senegal and was President of the Sokone Student Association in Dakar. My motivation for working for WGEP is twofold: its community approach with respect for and consideration of local realities and its mission centered on the education and training of girls in Africa, because I am convinced that education is the cradle of any developed republic.
I have been working with the Sisters to School program in the Foundiougne Department since 2009 to give girls in rural areas access to school and to keep them enrolled. I lead WGEP outreach activities to raise awareness among parents, authorities, and education stakeholders to support girls’ education.
I am committed to this organization because it is a noble and meaningful mission to pursue gender equality and a fair society. Thanks to WGEP, I have supported and helped my sisters to overcome obstacles to receiving an education. Working with WGEP has given me the opportunity to serve my community!
Thanks to WGEP, many girls in the targeted areas are now at university!
At age 24, after graduating with my Masters degree in Business Administration, I turned my attention towards training in rural economies to gain field experience. During my second Masters, I took courses on economic development, social and cultural policy of Senegal, as well as modules on project management. This has allowed me to have a global vision on humanitarian action.
At the end of my studies, and after six months of interim work as the Administrative and Financial Manager and Local Development Facilitator, I left for a 2-month mission to be a Local Development Facilitator. It was there I knew that this was my calling.
I found a job that combined professional activity and personal engagement. I could give sense to my life by helping people regain their dignity and by meeting different cultures. This is why I love to work in associations or nongovernmental organizations, for they can transform barriers into rational and organized acts. It is the humanitarian who is against indifference, and it is the nonprofit that acts in place of profitable and capitalist values.