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: Fatema Mernissi

Fatema Mernissi is a distinguished Moroccan writer and sociologist and a well-known name in the Arab intellectual world, the Middle East, and North Africa. She was one of the most influential women who was able to influence the Muslim women’s movement, thus calling her the founder of Islamic feminism. The 1967 war, known as the …

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Inspiring Thursday: Pardis Sabeti

“My father took one of the toughest jobs in the government because he cared about his nation more than himself. His courage and conviction have always driven me to want to make a difference.” Pardis Sabeti is an Iranian American scientist and scholar in biology and genetics. Her research focuses on developing a genetic algorithm …

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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: Michelle Obama

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.” Michelle Obama, née Robinson was born and grew up in Chicago’s South Side. She studied sociology and African-American studies at Princeton University and then continued to study at Harvard Law …

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Inspiring Thursday: Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex

“Women don’t need to find their voice. They need to feel empowered to use it and people need to be encouraged to listen.” Meghan Markle was born in 1981 in Los Angeles, California. During her studies at Northwestern University, she started to pursue her acting career by taking several minor roles in movies and TV …

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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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