2017 Nelson Mandela Fellow and Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Fellow Ernest Charles Futta spoke passionately about his Tanzanian NGO in an address titled “Women’s Education & Entrepreneurship in East Africa.”

With over six years of experience in advocating for women and girls’ empowerment in his community, Futta is building a platform for girls and women to make a positive impact in their communities by promoting girls’ education, encouraging women’s participation in entrepreneurship, and gender equality.

Mandela Fellow 2017Futta is the founder and Executive Director of the Passion for the Needy Community Organization, an NGO which focuses on empowering girls in rural areas through supporting and advocating for girls’ education, improving the quality of life for women in the rural areas of Tanzania by the provision of entrepreneurship skills and offering seed capital in support of their micro and small enterprises. He is also in charge of promoting, supporting, inspiring, and mentoring girls’ education in the rural areas of Tanzania by providing sponsorships, fighting against early marriages, and educating the rural communities on girls’ rights and importance of girls’ education.

A lecturer in the Faculty of Law of Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University of Tanzania, Futta holds a master’s degree in Law. His international awards include the Award on Civic Leadership offered by the YALI Regional Leadership Centre, Nairobi, Kenya (2016), the Civic Leadership Award offered by the Mandela Washington (DC) Fellowship program (2017), and recently received a Certificate of Achievement from the Mayor of Camden, New Jersey.

Mandela Fellow speaker 2017

August 30, 2017 | Crawford Hall | Ehinger Center | Drew University

Presented by: Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict | DASA | Pan-African Studies Department | Anthropology Department | Humanities Program | Everyday Ethics