Michelle left her position with Young Vision Africa in August 2016 to focus her efforts on ending domestic violence. Her desire to help victims of domestic abuse came from personal experience in such a relationship. Michelle was with her assailant for three years where she endured physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse. Michelle wrote, produced and performed a critically acclaimed play about her experience entitled But I Love Him. The play debuted at the largest Solo Festival on the West Coast, The White Fire SoloFest, with a nearly sold out performance in February 2016. The show, also staged in the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival, received multiple reviews and commendations.
In July 2017, Michelle founded Unsilenced Voices, a 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on inspiring change in communities around the globe by encouraging victims to break free and survivors to speak up about domestic violence and sexual assault. The mission of Unsilenced Voices is to provide shelter and relief to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual gender-based violence worldwide.
Unsilenced Voices has been operating in Ghana and Sierra Leone where they are working to implement shelters, sensitization programs, legal assistance, vocational training, medical and counseling to survivors. The organization also provides fiscal sponsorship to an NGO called Happy Children in Nepal and an organization in the Netherlands entitled Ellamo. Unsilenced Voices is currently developing essential partners in the United States to serve the greater Los Angeles area.
Michelle has embarked on a new adventure to empower influential student ambassadors to advance economic prosperity across cultures and beyond borders as CFO of Student Economic Forum SEF. The concept was crafted after Michelle spoke at the Women’s Economic Forum WEF in Cairo, Egypt in March 2020. Through her participation in the WEF conference emerged a bond with other women to give back to others under the auspices of the values and beliefs of ALL Ladies League and the true spirit of the vision of WEF being; philanthropic, non-profit and collaborative. Through collaborative efforts, Michelle envisions the emerging group, Student Economic Forum SEF as one that unleashes the power of each young person to grow and aspire to become change makers in society.
10% of all proceeds go directly to Unsilenced Voices