Inspiring Thursday : Johanna Dohnal (1939 – 2010)

“There are people who have an absolute majority in the population and who have the fewest seats in parliament. Ask the men why. ” Johanna Dohnal was born as Johanna Diez in Vienna, Austria in 1939. She grew up as an illegitimate child with her grandmother, a seamstress, because her mother suffered tuberculosis. Her childhood …

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Inspiring Thursday : Natália Correia (1923 – 1993)

Natália Correia was born in 1923 (in Azores, Portugal) but moved to Lisbon at the age of 11. She was a poet, novelist, essayist, journalist, writer, scriptwriter, translator, and editor, and always a strong advocate of human rights, more specifically of women’s rights. She was a charismatic woman with a very intense social life, and …

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#WAVEmembers: Femmes en Détresse, Luxembourg

The NGO Femme en Détresse was founded in 1997 by a working group from the Luxembourgish Movement for the Liberation of Women (MFL). The goal of the association was to create a women’s hostel, where women and children could be protected from psychological, physical, and sexual abuse. Over the years, more services have been added, …

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Inspiring Thursday: Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland, (born in September 10, 1982) is an American ballet dancer who became the first African American female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre. Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in San Pedro, California, Misty Copeland began her ballet studies at the age of thirteen. When she was fifteen, she won first place in the Music Centre …

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Inspiring Thursday: Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)

Florence Nightingale, was born in May 12, 1820. She was an English pioneer nurse, statistician, and social reformer who was the foundational philosopher of modern nursing. Nightingale was the first woman awarded the Order of Merit in 1907. Florence Nightingale was in charge of nursing British and allied soldiers in Turkey during the Crimean War. She was also known …

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#WAVE members: NANE, Hungary

The Women For Women Together Against Violence Association (NANE) was established in 1994 in Hungary, with the aim to fight violence against women and children. It is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, active at the individual, community, and social level. As the WAVE Network, NANE just turned 25 years old and is one of the oldest …

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Inspiring Thursday: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“Women like me aren’t supposed to run for office. I wasn’t born to a wealthy or powerful family. Mother from Puerto Rico, dad from the South Bronx. I was born to a place where your zip code determines your destiny. My name is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I’m an educator, an organizer, working class New Yorker. I’ve …

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