Inspiring Thursday: Sanna Marin

“We do have a problem with women, but we also have a problem with men. It’s very important that we realise it’s not a women’s issue, it’s a people issue.” Sanna Marin was born in 1985 in Helsinki, Finland. Her parents divorced when she was very young. After the separation, she was raised by her …

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Inspiring Thursday: Jacinda Ardern

“I want to be a good leader and not a good lady leader. I don’t want to be known as the woman who gave birth.” Jacinda Ardern was born in Hamilton, New Zealand in 1980. She attended a state school in Morrinsville and Murupara where she also grew up. After that, she studied and in …

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Inspiring Thursday: Christy Turlington

“If we can’t support a woman while she is giving life, then we don’t support women.” Christy Turlington was born in 1969 in California into a middle-class family. When she was 14 years old, she was discovered by a local photographer, and soon after that, she started modeling. During her very successful modeling career, she …

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International Women Human Rights Defender’s Day

On 29 November 2020, International Women Human Rights Defender’s Day, the Civil Society Strengthening Platform (CSSP) project partners and WAVE Youth Ambassadors from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia got together for a second time to fortify the collaborative efforts from their first action and put an emphasis on the need for intergenerational collaboration. …

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Inspiring Thursday: Rosa May Billinghurst (1875-1953)

Rosa May Billinghurst was born in 1875 in Lewisham, England into a middle-class family. When she was 5 months old she survived polio, which left her unable to walk. She wore leg-irons and used modified hand-tricycle. Her family paid for her basic education, however, her disability made it impossible for her to attend the university. …

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Inspiring Thursday: Kamala Harris

“If we do not lift up women and families, everyone will fall short.” It was in 1958 when Shyamala Gopalan entered the USA from India to study at the University of California, Berkley. She was a civil rights activist and later became a breast cancer researcher. During the civil rights movement protests, she met a …

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Inspiring Thursday: Coretta Scott King (1927-2006)

“Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.” Coretta Scott was born in Alabama as the third of four children. She studied music and became very politically active afterward. She became most famous as the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a prominent …

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Perspectives for the future II #25yearsWAVE

The WAVE Youth Ambassadors support the WAVE Step Up! Campaign in campaigning for the rights of women survivors of violence to access support and protection. The campaign believes that people are stronger together, which is why we need to mobilize, organize and build communities capable of standing together and demanding change. As fighting for women’s …

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Inspiring Thursday: Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1993-2020)

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born on March 15, 1933, in New York as the younger of the two children of Nathan Bader, a merchant, and Celia Bader. Her mother heavily influenced Ruth’s early life and she excelled …

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