Inspiring Thursday: Natalia Gavrilița

On October 14, the parliament of the Republic of Moldova has ratified the Istanbul Convention, which is especially significant as the parliament is currently led by the female prime minister Natalia Gavrilița. Although the motion had been met with opposition from the Socialist and Communist parties, the majority of the elected officials still voted in …

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Inspiring Thursday: Maria Ressa

It has been all over the news this week: on October 8th, Maria Ressa was awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize together with fellow journalist Dmitri A Muratov. Who is she, apart from being one of few women in history to receive the prestigious prize, and what are her main goals and achievements? With years …

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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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Inspiring Thursday: Sara Seerat

Sera Seerat was born in 1993 in Afghanistan and is deeply committed to women’s rights in her province, Kapisa, and in her country. She is now a journalist, owns a women’s centre and is actively involved in politics. Sara Seerat is an Afghan journalist committed to helping girls access education and the labour market, an …

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Inspiring Thursday: WAVE Youth Ambassadors

Today, we are celebrating International Youth Day! According to the United Nations, International Youth Day is “commemorated every year on 12 August, bringing youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrating the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society”. WAVE strongly believes in the importance of intergenerational collaboration, and thus …

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Inspiring Thursday: WAVE Office

Last week the WAVE network and its 160 members fighting to end violence against women and girls in 46 European countries were presented. Now it is time to introduce the WAVE Office, the point of contact between women’s organisations in Europe which seeks primarily to accelerate the flow of support and information in all matters …

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