Inspiring Thursday: Nawal al-Saadawi

“Danger has been a part of my life ever since I picked up a pen and wrote. Nothing is more perilous than truth in a world that lies.” Nawal al-Saadawi was an Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician, and psychiatrist. She is sometimes described as the “Simone de Beauvoir of the Arab world” and is considered …

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Inspiring Thursday: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Of course, I am the first democratically elected woman president in Africa, and that raises a lot of expectations. Because I represent the aspirations of women all over Africa, I must succeed for them. I must keep the door open for women’s participation in politics at the highest level. That is both humbling and exciting. …

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Inspiring Thursday: Ute Bock

„Was ich mir wünsch’? Dass ich unnötig werde!“ „What do I wish for? Becoming unnecessary!” Ute Bock was a social worker who dedicated her life to supporting and empowering people who fled their home countries. Born in Linz, Austria, in 1942, Ute Bock became an educator and employee of the municipality of Vienna at a …

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Inspiring Thursday: Aicha Chenna

“A Muslim heart with a secular mind.” “Men’s courage has disappeared in our society.”   Aïcha Chenna is a Moroccan social worker and women’s rights advocate and activist, born in 1941 during the protectorate era in Casablanca. A registered nurse, she began working with disadvantaged women as an employee of the country’s Ministry of Health. …

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Inspiring Thursday: Gabriele Michalitsch

„Die Verteilung von Kapital, Vermögen und Einkommen […], der herrschende Arbeitsbegriff ebenso wie das dominante Ökonomie-Verständnis, das sind zentrale Topoi im feministisch-ökonomischen Diskurs.“ “The distribution of capital, wealth and income […], the dominant concept of labor as well as the dominant understanding of economics, these are central topoi in feminist economic discourse.” Gabriele Michalitsch (*1966 …

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Inspiring Thursday: Michela Murgia

Il rispetto per le persone comincia dalle parole che usi per definirle. Per questo non staremo zitte. Mai più.  Respect for people starts from the words used to defined them. For this reason, we will not shut up. Never again. Michela Murgia is an Italian writer and activist, born in Sardinia in 1972. Most of …

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Inspiring Thurdsay: Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto, (born June 21, 1953, Karachi, Pakistan—died December 27, 2007, Rawalpindi, Pakistan), was a Pakistani politician who became the first woman leader of a Muslim nation in modern history. Bhutto was the daughter of the politician Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, leader of Pakistan from 1971 until 1977. She was educated at Harvard University and subsequently …

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Inspiring Thursday: Nasrin Sotoudeh

Nasrin Sotoudeh is a brave feminist lawyer in Iran, fighting for a long time for Iranian women’s rights, who has been featured in international media as she spends many years of her life behind bars. When she was a bachelor student of law, she joined the main patriotic party, in opposition to the current politics …

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Inspiring Thursday: Rula Ghani

She was born in Beirut, but she became the first lady of Afghanistan. Rula Saade was born in a Christian family and she studied journalism (bachelor) and international relations (master) at the American university in Beirut. It was during her bachelor, she saw Ashraf Ghani Ahamadzi, today’s president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and …

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Inspiring Thursday: Maryam Mirzakhani

Her favourite movie, Dougville, is a rough look at America during the Great Depression. “When I was a kid, my dream was to become a writer, I spent my most exciting moments reading novels, reading virtually anything I could get my hands on”, she said. Born in Iran in 1977 and died in the United …

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