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VALENTINE NKOYO

Human Rights Activist, Public Speaker, Advocate for education, FGM activist, Business consultant, Director of Mojatu Foundation

Valentine in her massai clothing
"Our past painful experiences could be the gateway to inspire millions of individuals globally who are at the brink of losing hope! We all have something unique to offer to the world no matter how small and we do not need to be famous to make a difference!"

ABOUT ME

Valentine Resiato Nkoyo CV


A creative, versatile, enthusiastic and self-motivated individual with interpersonal skills and an impressive record of achievement. Passionate about education, women empowerment and social justice. Good in data handling, project management, budget handling and IT skills. Experienced in organising conferences, community events and campaigns. Works effectively cross-culturally with confidence to improve and inspire the lives of others.

KEY STRENGTHS INCLUDE:
 A very inspiring person with a passion to support others achieve their goals. A self-motivated person with proven interpersonal and influencing skills, good research skills, excellent networking skills, public speaker, fluent in five languages. A good communicator experienced in giving presentations. A self-starter with sound leadership style and a track record of obtaining results. An ability to rise above adversity and turn challenging situations into opportunities.

EDUCATION:
 2014 Mar – 2015 Nottingham Trent University, Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
High commendation achieved.
 2009 Sep – 2011 York St John University, UK BA [Hons] Business Management.
First Class Honours achieved.
 2009 Jan – May 2009 York St John University, UK Diploma,Creative writing and Film Making.
 2007Sep – 2008sep Kabarak University, Kenya First two years of my Business Degree.
 Credits transferred to BA [Hons] degree at York St John (UK equivalent of 2.1).
CURRENT RESEARCH AND PROJECTS
 Core applicant with researchers from University of Nottingham, School of Health Sciences on “The experiences of seeking, receiving and providing FGM-related healthcare: perspectives of health professionals and women / girls who have undergone FGM; Protocol for qualitative evidence synthesis”.
 Core applicant with researchers from University of Nottingham, School of Health Sciences on “Interventions that improve maternity care and access for immigrant women in the UK: a narrative synthesis systematic review”.
 Developing more ideas with a core team on raising awareness and community engagement on modern slavery.
 Developing an FGM open resource for professionals with researchers from University of Nottingham based on a workshop with local FGM survivors.
 Developing of accredited FGM training course for professionals with researchers from Nottingham Trent University, School of Social Sciences.
 Developing a strategy to get other UK cities and beyond committing to official declaration of Zero Tolerance to FGM and supporting grassroot work.
 
MAIN ACHIEVEMENTS:
 Ongoing: Presents at numerous education, health, business, women empowerment, community and social change conferences both in Europe and Africa from 2008 to date.
 2017: FACE OF KENYA Awards winner in recognition of outstanding service to communities in UK and Africa.
 2017: Led a delegation from UK and Kenya including Sheriff of Nottingham to the remotest areas where FGM and forced marriage is rampant and organised stakeholders meetings with government officials, researchers, NGOs and community members with the aim of launching new programs in Africa.
 2016: Championed the declaration of Nottingham City as a Zero Tolerant to FGM Zone (the first in the UK) through working closely with community members, the Sheriff of Nottingham, local councillors and leaders.
 2016: Organised a national parliamentary event to showcase FGM work in Nottingham bringing together survivors, affected communities, MPs, policy makers and others professionals.
 2016: Presented and led a workshop at the European Conference organised by Women Federation for World Peace International (WFWPI) on Nottingham’s model of community and political engagement that led to Zero Tolerance Declaration.
 2016: Influenced the WFWP to organise a conference with the United Nations on Zero Tolerance to FGM. This was organised in March 2017 where I was a key note speaker.
 2016: Ambassador for peace for the Global Women’s Peace Network.
 2016: National winner and ambassador for speech contest for young women in UK organised by the Women Federation for World Peace International.
 2016: The Sheriff’s Award in recognition of community service and keeping Nottingham safe, clean and healthy.
 2016: Approached by the Archbishop of York to write a chapter in his book ‘Agape Love Stories’ launched in December 2016 to raise the aspirations of others in suffering.
 2015: Organiser of International FGM Conference: End FGM Together- bringing over 200 delegates together in September 2015.
 2015: Recognised as a Rising Star and Future Leader of Nottinghamshire by Nottingham Post.
 2015: Selected by BBC Radio 4 Today programme to share thoughts on FGM to mark the UN International Zero Tolerance Day to FGM 2015.
 2015: Organiser of the National FGM Conference: “So what is it about FGM?”- bringing over 80 delegates together.
 2014: Co-Founder and Director Mojatu Foundation.
 2014: Awarded the Hero’s Award in three consecutive years during annual celebrations to mark Kenya’s Hero’s Day 2014/15.
 2014: Set up the Nottinghamshire Community FGM Steering Group in 2014 which has now over 90 members from more than 25 countries and also set up the first Nottingham’s FGM Survivors’ Club in 2015, the first of its kind in the UK.
 2011: Named the 2011 International Student of the Year for Yorkshire and Humber region, British Council Shine! Awards International Student of the Year. Chosen from a pool of 1,200 students from 118 countries.
 2011: Awarded the YSJ 2011 C & B Rouse Award in recognition of my involvement in university life and for promoting the values of education and diversity to communities in UK and in Africa.
 2010: Named the 2010 Adult Learner of the Year for Yorkshire and Humber region, Adult Learners’ Awards by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE).
 2011: Awarded the Inaugural Inspire SPARK International Scholarship, YSJ 2009-2011.
 2009: Created the Moi Primary Project in Maasailand, Kenya to help and inspire children in my district to improve their education and career opportunities.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
Lay member Research Ethics Committee, School of Politics and IR, University of Nottingham 2016 to Date
Main Responsibilities:
Comment on policy and process and also offer views in cases that require specific consideration such as the occasional audit of School practices or input into the Annual Review process.

CEO, Mojatu Foundation February 2014 to date
Main Responsibilities:
Spearheading fundraising, preparing and managing budgets and reports, managing community development programmes both in the UK and Africa, overseeing communication, monitoring and evaluation, collaborating with other organisations among other duties.

FGM Trainer and consultant April 2014 to Date
Main responsibilities:
Developing training materials and delivering training for community members, health, education, social work, police and legal professionals. Also offering advice and support to frontline professionals dealing with FGM and other harmful traditional practices.

Managing Editor, Mojatu Magazines Feb 2014 to date
Main responsibilities:
Recruiting, supporting and managing staff involved in the production of the magazine and story sourcing.

Consultant for IBM, Unilever and Academy of Business in Society Jan 2015 – Apr 2015
Researched and advised three work streams on a new Leadership Initiative for African leaders and also developed a dissemination and marketing plan for the initiative in Africa.

Consultant for Geosynthetics, UK Nov 2014 – Feb 2016
Data collecting and analysed the marketing strategy of the organisation.
 
International Citizen Service (ICS) Programme Coordinator for United Nations Association International Service. Mar 2011 – Feb 2014

ICS is a UK government scheme sponsored through the Department for International Development (DFID). The scheme is for young people interested in volunteering overseas doing development work.
Main Responsibilities:
Programme coordination, working with young people, coordinating and managing the assessment process, training and placement of volunteers overseas, first contact for overseas staff, representing the organisation, management responsibilities, advising on programmes and cultures in Africa.

Other volunteering achievement in Europe and Africa Feb 2009 to date
Main responsibilities:
 Selected by the British Council with 40 other international students to take part in campaigns to promote Education in the UK.
 Selected by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) to participate in a Media Campaign to encourage philanthropic giving to institutions of Higher Education in the UK.
 Chair of the Nottinghamshire Community FGM Steering Group and the Survivor’s Club.
 Board Member, advisor and Community Representative of the Nottinghamshire City and County FGM Strategy Board.
 Sharing experiences and supporting the UK Border Force in understanding and dealing with FGM and possible forced marriage cases.
 Consultancy work and advising on issues affecting girls and women especially from Africa.
 Giving motivational talks/presentations/training sessions in schools and other events with the aim of inspiring others especially young people.
 Sharing my Maasai culture, other African cultures and also my poetry to encourage community cohesion and integration
 Sharing my own personal story of the struggles I went through to get into education and how I rose above adversity to raise the aspirations of others.
 Committee member, Hyson Green Cultural Festival.
 Founder All Nations Women’s Sports in Nottingham to encourage girls and women to get active.
 Interviewed on different local, regional and national radio and TV stations and featured in numerous newspapers and magazines on women rights and empowerment.

York St John University Student Warden and Student Ambassador Sep 2010 – May 2011
Main responsibilities:
 Assisting Accommodation Services and the Head Warden in the smooth running of student residence site, providing pastoral care for student residents, representing the University at internal and external events.

OTHER INTERESTS:
 Research in issues related to social justice especially in relation to women and young people, Community development activities, sports, poetry, dancing, music and drama, gender and other human rights issues. Increasing the networks I operate in and developing new contacts.

What is Female Genital Mutilation?

Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
The practice is mostly carried out by traditional circumcisers, who often play other central roles in communities, such as attending childbirths. However, more than 18% of all FGM is performed by health care providers, and the trend towards medicalisation is increasing.


FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children. The practice also violates a person's rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when the procedure results in death.

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"The pain you feel today is the strength you feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is opportunity for growth." - Unknown
Massai women singing and dancing.

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