Betty Makoni is a gender activist, Founder and Director of Girl Child Network Zimbabwe (GCN) and Chief Executive Officer of Girl Child Network World Wide, an organization that champions the rights of the girl child in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, USA, UK, and around the world. Betty is a holder of two Bachelor of Arts Honors Degrees from the University of Zimbabwe. She has inspired millions around the world to replicate the Girl Child Empowerment Model that she developed. Besides her work with Girl Child Network Worldwide and building many Girl Child Networks in Africa and throughout the world, Betty is a mentor, coach, and trainer for women and girls who want to do similar work through her social enterprise Muzvare Betty Makoni Empowerment Initiative.
Betty is CNN Hero 2009 for protecting the powerless, where Nicole Kidman honored her. She has 28 global awards for innovation, commitment and passion for her work to protect over 300,000 girls in Zimbabwe. United Nations Red Ribbon award honored Betty and Girl Child Network as having the most innovative strategy for gender equality. Betty is an Ashoka Fellow and singled out as one of the investors in poor and marginalized women and girls deserving of this life honor as a fellow. NewsWeek named Betty as one of the 150 women who shake the world, alongside US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.