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Varaidzo (Vee) Kativhu is a 26 year old girls’ education activist from Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom. She is a YouTube visionary, and founder of Empowered By Vee, a youth empowerment organisation. Vee uses her social media, with a following of over 500,000, to share practical study advice and to empower other underprivileged and underrepresented young people from across the globe to recognise their own academic abilities and take up space.


Vee holds two degrees, a bachelor's degree from Oxford University in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History and a masters’ degree from Harvard University in International Education Policy. As recognition for her efforts to bridge the gap of inequality in education, Vee has been named a Diana Award Legacy Award Recipient by Prince Harry and Prince William, a United Kingdom Rare Rising Star by executive members of British parliament, and A Diversity Champion by the Vice Chancellor of Oxford University. Vee is a Young Leader for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering and fundraising for education-focused charities and is currently an active ambassador for United World Schools, CAMFED and GirlUp Zimbabwe. She has also taken on roles as a LinkedIn Changemaker, TEDx speaker, BBC Teach presenter and has recently published her debut book, ‘EMPOWERED; Live your life with passion and purpose’, a practical and motivational self-help book for young people. 

Vee is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership and work alongside other change-makers to improve girl’s education across the world and reduce the rising number of over 130 million girls out of school. She believes that female empowerment is one of the key components in creating a more sustainable, just and equal world where girls are safe, respected and autonomous.


Empowered By Vee

Founded by Vee in 2018, Empowered By Vee is an academic empowerment organisation bridging the gap between student ability and self-belief.


EBV aims to help students between the ages of 16-25 to feel inspired to aim high within their academic journeys. EBV provides the tools and skills for young people to take up space, own their talent and to seize opportunities.


Vee encourages her students to see themselves as worthy, equal and deserving while providing them with the guidance to overcome the barriers that society has placed in their way. 

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