Inspiring Thursday: WAVE Network

WAVE stands for Women against Violence Europe and is a network of European women’s NGOs and other organizations working in the field of combating violence against women and children. Established in 1994, WAVE is a network organization composed of 160 women’s organizations in 46 European countries. WAVE’s central task is to raise awareness of all forms …

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Inspiring Thursday: Irene Montero

Spanish psychologist, politician, mother and feminist, Irene Montero is the Spain Minister of Equality (2020-today). Committed to social causes since her teenage years, she fights for gender equality, and lately, the recognition of LGBTQI+ rights in her country. Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, Irene Montero joined the Communist Youth Union of Spain at the …

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Inspiring Thursday: Ruth Koleva

Bulgarian artist and activist, Ruth Koleva sings to raise awareness about mental health, women’s rights, the LGBTQ+ community and domestic violence in Bulgaria and around the world. She has managed to find a way to combine art and activism; as she says, “music is my language and my way of expression.” Citizen of the world …

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Inspiring Thursday: Angela Merkel

“I might bend, but I will never break because it is in my nature as a strong woman.” Angela Merkel is a German politician who is serving as Chancellor of Germany since 2005, becoming the first women holding that position and one of the most powerful political leaders in the World. Angela Merkel is the …

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Inspiring Thursday: Caroline De Haas

Founder of the French collective #NousToutes, Caroline De Haas is a feminist activist who focuses on ending gender-based and sexual violence by raising public awareness and challenging the country’s political leaders through actions on social media, and with the largest march against gender-based violence in France for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence …

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Inspiring Thursday: Sadako Ogata

Sadako Ogata (1927-2019) was a Japanese diplomat, who became the the first woman, the first Japanese person, and the first academic to be appointed as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Sadako Ogata was born in Tokyo in 1927, the daughter of a Japanese diplomat father. She was also the great-granddaughter of the …

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Inspiring Thursday: Elizabeth Podnieks

This Inspiring Thursday is published as part of our Elder Abuse Awareness week with WAVE Project MARVOW. To know more, follow us on Facebook! Founder of the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (CNPEA), the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ONPEA), and Vice President of the International Network for the …

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Inspiring Thursday: Prof. Dr. Feride Acar

Prof. Dr. Feride Ayşe Acar is a Turkish scholar and professor, who served as an international consultant for many institutions on women’s right and gender equality. Prof. Dr. Acar was elected as a member of the CEDAW Committee in 1997 and became president of the UN CEDAW Committee in 2003-2005, after serving as rapporteur and …

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Inspiring Thursday: Feride Acar

Prof. Dr. Feride Ayşe Acar is a Turkish scholar and professor, who served as an international consultant for many institutions on women’s right and gender equality. Prof. Dr. Acar was elected as a member of the CEDAW Committee in 1997 and became president of the UN CEDAW Committee in 2003-2005, after serving as rapporteur and …

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Inspiring Thursday: Tawakkol Karman

Tawakkul Karman, is a Yemeni women’s rights activist who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her role in leading a pro-democracy protest movement, becoming the first Yemeni, the first Arab woman and the second Muslim woman to win a Nobel Prize. She leads the group “Women Journalists Without Chains”, which she co-founded in …

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