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Let’s Get Digital
In your life, if you’re lucky enough, you are born during a moment in time when the world is ready for the change you’re bringing. So, all that’s left for you to do is your work. I am glad that the European Development Days and Young Leaders programme was one such platform ready for us […]
Footsteps: Our Journey
“The Journey of a Thousand Miles must begin with a single step” – Lao Tzu I came across this quote at the United Nations ESCAP building in Bangkok, when I was representing Bangladesh as a youth ambassador for a high-level climate change conference in 2012. The writing was boldly engraved on a wall on the second […]
Women and Energy: A promising Future
Over the past decade, I have seen women on every international development agenda. With all the uprightness opportunities and the supportive initiatives, women’s participation is still unambitious, predominantly in the MENA region. One can argue that social norm, lack of knowledge, and leadership skills are the core issues that hinder girl’s involvement, however, this is […]
No SRHR, No SDGs
Approximately 16 million adolescent girls aged 15-19 give birth annually, making up 10% of births worldwide.
Unapologetic About Championing Our Rights
I can connect the dots of my advocacy career backwards to 13 years ago, when I was selected to join the Nigerian Children’s Parliament. As a Child Parliamentarian, I spent 4 of my impressionable teenage years participating in high-level consultations with policy makers and creating awareness about the provisions of the Child Rights Law across […]
Contraceptive Access – My Nigerian Experience
As a young boy growing up in Benin City, Nigeria. I had a best friend who was also my classmate and sat next to me at secondary school. Her name was Martha, Martha was the brightest in our class she exceled at Science subjects mainly biology, physics and chemistry. She always shared her dream of […]
An End To FGM
I have been an activist working towards ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) going on six years now as my community, Kuria, has one of the highest FGM prevalence rates worldwide. Eighty Percent. Eighty percent of women and girls in my community will undergo female circumcision. Eight in ten women and girls, many of whom undergo […]
Voice for the Favelas
According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, 11 million people in Brazil live in favelas. These favelas are urban settlements with no access to adequate water, sewage and energy systems, frequently forgotten by the government and the society. Usually placed on vulnerable areas, such as riverbanks, hills or under huge urban infrastructures, these […]
Women Empowerment Through the Eyes of a Horticulturalist
Imagine a nation with well-developed women and women in power. Women on the front line of nutrition as care givers in the family – producing, storing, cleaning, cooking food for consumption – and ensuring that food, when available, reach children first. Women have a crucial role in ensuring the health of children and the family […]
Gender Equality through Enterprise
Afghan women have been the victim of gender inequality and social exclusion for a long time. Due to decades of war and current turmoil in the country, most Afghans inherit violence towards women. Afghan girls are married at an early age, and according to UNICEF 54% girls are married aged 15-19 and are frequently subject […]
LIFT UP HER VOICE Challenge
What it means to be a woman in a world’s largest refugee settlement: “She was escaping fierce fighting in her home town of Bor Medina in South Sudan when Amer was intercepted and gang raped by 6 men who killed the 2 other women who tried to resist. She was released with a ruptured uterus. After walking […]
Equal rights for all.
It is fundamental to accept that we are all different and that even though we may be different, each of us has the same potential to bring something irreplaceable to society; we have the capability to improve our environment and the one of the people who surround us.