Thandiwe Diego

My name is Thandiwe Diego. I was born on the 28 of November 1999 in the small town of Dangriga, located in the south of Belize.

I was exposed to the world of advocating from a very young age as both my mother and father are avid advocates for women and girls. In elementary school, I always called out the teachers for their unfair treatment of the girls in my class, and when they wouldn’t take me seriously I would go to the principal’s office and voice my concerns. This, I believe, was the beginning of me taking action against the unfair treatment of girls.

In 2011 we saw a real need for girl empowerment in the community. Because most of the empowerment programs were directed towards women, my mom and I started our own empowerment group for girls called Girl POWA. Girl POWA started with about eight girls coming to meetings every week, but this number has grown to over forty girls coming to meetings every week.

When I learned of Girl Up, I realized that it held the same girl empowerment ideas as Girl POWA. I love to help empower girls and let them know that they are entitled to the same respect, opportunities, and human rights as males.