Inspiring Thursday: Merle Thornton

Merle Thornton was born during the Great Depression in Australia. She studied at the University of Sydney at times when most of the girls left the school at age of fifteen. Otherwise, her life path could be understood as very common. She got married and had children. During very strict times in Australia, she had …

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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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Inspiring Thursday: Marta Lempart

“This is not another political fight, it’s war in the defense of modern civilization and its major values.” Marta Lempart is a Polish political activist, journalist, lawyer, and the initiator and one of the leaders of the Ogólnopolskiego Strajku Kobiet (National Women’s Strike). Marta Lempart was born in Poland, graduated from Law, and soon after …

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Inspiring Thursday: Gloria Steinem

“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.” Gloria Steinem was born in 1934, in Toledo, Ohio. Steinem has an extraordinary upbringing as she spent her early years traveling with her parents in a house trailer until she was 11 years old. After the divorce of her parents, …

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Inspiring Thursday: Frances Watkins Harper (1825-1911)

“Now is the time for our women to begin to try to lift up their heads and plant the roots of progress under the hearthstone.” Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was born in 1825 in Baltimore, Maryland to free Black parents, but unfortunately became an orphan at 3 years old. She grew up with her uncle …

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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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Youth across Europe on the importance of the Istanbul Convention II

The backlash of right wing governments resulted in several European countries planning to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, a legal treaty that aims to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence, and thus aims to encourage peaceful living free from violence. On the International Peace Day, the current WAVE Youth Ambassadors along with …

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