Inspiring Thursday: Francisca Van Dunem

Portuguese Minister of Justice, she made history by becoming the very first appointed cabinet minister of African descent. She worked as a public prosecutor in Lisbon, served in the Attorney General’s Office, and was a director of the Department of Investigation and Penal Action of Lisbon from 2001 until 2007. Van Dunem also was the …

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Inspiring Thursday: Reem Alsalem

Appointed Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences by the UN Human Rights Council, Reem Alsalem started this three year position on 1 August 2021. She is thereby tasked with ensuring that violence against women is integrated into the United Nations human rights framework and its mechanisms.  After obtaining a Masters in …

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Inspiring Thursday: Anna Pavlovna Filosofova

Anna Pavlovna Filosofova is a prominent figure in the history of the Russian feminist movement. She was a pioneer women’s rights advocate and the underlying reason for the establishment of a variety of prerevolutionary feminist projects.  Anna Pavlovna passionately advocated for the right of women to receive education and her efforts led to the development …

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Inspiring Thursday: Yu Chui Yee

Hong Kong-born Yu Chui Yee was diagnosed with bone cancer at age 11, resulting in the amputation of her left leg two years later. This turned her life upside down, in a way she had never expected – so far, Yee has won a total of 11 medals at 4 Paralympic Games. As part of …

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Inspiring Thursday: Alice Lilley, Welsh Women’s Aid

Welsh Women’s Aid is the national charity in Wales working to end domestic abuse and all forms of violence against women. Welsh Women’s Aid is a federation of specialist organisations in Wales (working as part of a UK network of services) that provides lifesaving services to survivors of violence and abuse – women, men, children, …

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