Ivan Kenneth Opio, joined Girl Up Initiative Uganda as a volunteer in his Senior six vacation in 2016 and later he was promoted to Media and Communication Assistant. His role is to ensure that all social media platforms are up to date with the current activities being done in the communities we work in. He is also a Champions of Change facilitator, a program implemented in partnership with Plan International Uganda, which aims to promote gender equality and create positive social norm change through working with boys and girls sports teams in Uganda. Ivan counts himself lucky because not everyone has the opportunity to bring a positive impact in the lives of other people. Get to know Ivan better in our interview below!
1. What is your favorite part about working at Girl Up?
Girl Up is a youth-led organization that works with young people, which always keep me inspired and motivated. My favorite part about working at Girl Up is the positive energy I get from both the team members and the people we work with in the community.
With Girl Up, I always have a sense of belonging.
2. What’s one of your special skills or ‘super powers’ you bring to the Girl Up team?
I have always given a hand in the development of social media content. I have managed to meet the organization’s expectations on social media and have also contributed my skills in filmmaking and graphic design to raise awareness on issues affecting us, the youth.
3. Why are you passionate about this work?
I am passionate about this work because not everyone has the opportunity to transform or bring a positive impact in the lives of people.
4. Why is this work needed?
This work is needed because it’s not all about raising awareness and then moving on - it’s about bringing people together (both men and women) in order to bring about equality and inclusiveness.
5. What frustrates you about the gender inequality and poverty that you see every day?
What frustrates me about gender inequality is that most men don’t want to be seen as a feminist in the fight for equality, yet in order to achieve gender equality both men and women have to work together towards this cause. This challenge makes it a very slow and gradual process that may take a long time to be realized.
6. What is your vision for the future… for these girls and women, boys and men; for Uganda; for the world?
My vision is that gender equality is the core to effective and sustainable development!
I envision a world where men collaboratively work with women to transform their communities.
7. What is your vision for your role in creating that future?
My role in creating that future is to empower boys and girls, men and women through my skills in videography. I have learnt and embraced gender equality and I believe I can promote gender equality through the short videos that I make because visuals speak a lot and enable us to connect to people globally.
8. What do you enjoy doing/eating/exploring outside of Girl Up?
I enjoy shooting videos, graphic designing, traveling, rapping, producing music, and taking pictures.
9. What is a fun fact about you?
I am a rap lover. I look at something and I instantly get the vibe and find myself rapping.