Lee Paiva


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No Means No Worldwide :: 2016


In the US, a woman has a 1 in 4 chance of being raped in her lifetime. In Kenya, girls have a 1 in 4 chance of being raped in a single year. This chronic insecurity plays out in social relationships and school performance. The adolescent pregnancies that so often occur can throw girls off track and dim what was once a bright future.

Lee is a force of nature, determined to stop violence against girls in East Africa. She experienced it in her own life, and when she learned what faced women and girls in the slums of Nairobi, she shared the defense skills that saved her own life with women and girls. In 2009, Lee started No Means No Worldwide to train girls in basic self-defense and boys to intervene in threatened assaults. It works. Rigorous research has shown that her intervention cuts the rate of assault in half, and the intervention is simple enough for other organizations to deliver it.


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