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Vee Kativhu, Social Leader & Entrepreneur




Vee (Varaidzo) Kativhu is an exceptional leader in education and youth empowerment, whose unwavering commitment to championing education for young people has left an indelible mark on the world. What she’s been able to accomplish at the age of 25, she has achieved significant milestones, making a profound impact through her work as a Girls’ Education Activist and a YouTube visionary. Her dedication to supporting over 300,000 underrepresented youth to reach their academic potential has gained widespread admiration and respect.

 




Listening to Vee’s journey through life has been a testament to resilience and determination. Having known her from church and being a young woman to achieving all these great feats keeps me inspired constantly. Born and raised in a lower-income and single-parent household, she has first-hand the harsh realities of gender inequality and the generational disadvantages faced by girls. Her personal experience served as a catalyst for her deep-seated passion to advocate for accessibility to education for underrepresented groups in society.


Having pursued her studies at Oxford and Harvard Universities, Kativhu has ascended to remarkable heights, earning accolades such as the Diana Award Legacy Award and the UK Rare Rising Star award. After working in McDonalds and having her teacher tell her she wouldn’t go to university, she has absolutely smashed it and shown that we have potential in us, and at any point we can change the trajectory of our own lives despite societal boxes, it’s all in the actions and the steps that we take.  




Her extraordinary contributions to diversity and female empowerment have earned her the recognition of esteemed figures such as Princes Harry and William, and the Vice Chancellor of Oxford, who acknowledged her as a Diversity Champion.



Beyond her academic pursuits, Vee is the Founder of Empowered By Vee, a non-profit organisation focused on making higher education more accessible for students from underrepresented backgrounds. Through her renowned Empowerment Workshop, she has provided invaluable guidance, tutelage, and support for thousands of young people, igniting within them the spark of hope and the confidence to reach for their academic dreams. I was privileged enough to speak at one of the conferences the team organised, and I got an overwhelming sense of appreciation from the audience. It just speaks to how a remarkable young woman she is being the change she wants to see.

 

Vee’s influence extends to her multifaceted activism as a Global Education Ambassador for organisations such as United World Schools, CAMFED, and GirlUp ZimbabweHer voluntary role as a Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations has further amplified her impact, providing her with resources to continue championing girls’ education and advocating for quality education and gender equality on a global scale.

 



Her profound dedication and resilience have not gone unnoticed. As a testament to her remarkable achievements, she has been named among the BBC’s 100 most influential and inspiring women around the world. Her exceptional journey, from overcoming socio-economic challenges to becoming a global leader in education activism, is a living testament to the power of resilience and determination.




Even with all the accolades and recognition, Vee continues to be herself, humble and always looking for ways to serve. Her inspiring leadership, unwavering resilience, and tireless work in championing education for young people have not only transformed lives but have also paved the way for a brighter and more equitable future. She undeniably stands as a visionary leader and a force for positive change.




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