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What is fragility and why does it matter in the fight against extreme poverty?

April 10 2019 | By: EMILY HUIE


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If you’ve watched the news lately, you might have heard the term “fragile state.” When a crisis hits a fragile state, the effects can be devastating, and often contribute to the cycle of extreme poverty. In order to end extreme poverty [by 2030], the world must do better about reaching the extreme poor who live in fragile states. This is a big challenge, but not an insurmountable one.

There are currently more than 735 million people living in extreme poverty. Almost two-thirds (over 514 million) of these people are concentrated in fragile and conflict-affected states, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, 35 of the world’s current fragile states are in sub-Saharan Africa. Experts predict that by 2030, more than 80% of people living in extreme poverty will be in fragile states.

So what exactly is fragility and how can it affect countries? A country or region is generally classified as fragile when it is vulnerable to shocks – violent conflict, natural disasters or economic crises – and lacks the capacity to cope with them. Citizens of a fragile state have to deal with a lot of instability, and they are exposed to higher risks when the unexpected happens.

Countries can be fragile for a number of different reasons. Some governments do not have the capacity to create a resilient environments . In some cases they lack the resources, in others corrupt leaders are more concerned with consolidating power and wealth for themselves than using state resources to provide basic services. Other factors such as natural disasters, regional instability, ethnic conflicts or violence can also make a country fragile.

Regardless of what causes fragility, when things go wrong, the citizens are hardest hit.

If you keep up with current events, you’re probably familiar with the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

In the DRC, decades of exploitation and ethnic rivalries have led to protracted and violent conflicts over political power and natural resources. Although the civil war officially ended in 2003, violence is still widespread, particularly in the eastern part of the country. These conflicts have been at the expense of citizens’ basic needs.

When an Ebola outbreak began last August in the DRC, medical professionals, aid workers, and government officials were unable to reach communities because of poor infrastructure, weak health systems, and conflict. To make things worse, while medical workers struggled to reach those affected, communities struggled to trust those workers because often their experiences lead them to distrust the government and other officials. The result is an ongoing health crisis that has led to over 900 infections, and over 560 deaths.

People living in fragile states, like the DRC, face even more difficulty escaping extreme poverty.

Displacement, increased likelihood of disease, and food scarcity are just some of the things that can come about from a crisis. That’s why working to end fragility will have immense effects on combating extreme poverty, and prevent bad situations from becoming catastrophic.

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NOV. 20, 2018



This 14-Year-Old Went Straight to the Police When Her Parents Tried to Force Her to Marry

Here’s how girls like Mestawet Mekuria are empowered to control their own lives.

Why Global Citizens Should Care
The UN’s Global Goals call for an end to all gender violence — including the elimination of forced marriage. Nevertheless, 12 million girls around the world are married before the age of 18. You can join us by taking action here to achieve the Global Goals. 

Mestawet Mekuria dreams of becoming a teacher or doctor when she grows up.

But as a 14-year-old girl in Ethiopia, she found her future under threat from the very people who were supposed to help her realise her ambitions.

Her parents attempted to force her to marry. But she wasn’t having any of it.

Take Action: Sign This Petition to #LeveltheLaw and Empower Girls and Women Around the World


“I went to the police station when my parents told me that I am getting married,” Mekuria told UNICEF Ethiopia.

“I had learned about child marriage and its consequences in our school’s girls’ club,” she said. “I told my parents that I do not want to get married. But they refused, and that is when I ran to the police station.”

It came as a surprise to Mekuria when her parents were arrested and imprisoned for a fortnight. The minimum marriage age in Ethiopia is 18 — but laws are rarely enforced, and she thought her mum and dad might just get a warning. 

Indeed, Mekuria lives in the Amhara region, where 56% of girls are married before the age of 18, according to the 2011 Ethiopian Demographic Health Survey (EDHS)

It took the intervention of village elders to eventually make peace between Mekuria and her parents, but now everything has returned to normal — way better than normal, actually.

“My parents now understand about child marriage and its consequences,” Mekuria said. “They are no longer angry with me.”

Mekuria is one of 20 girls rescued from child marriage in the last two years at Ayti Primary School in northern Ethiopia — and if you’re from Britain, you helped make it happen.

The girls’ club that taught Mekuria about the issue was supported by UK aid — the lifesaving money spent by the Department of International Development (DfID) to end extreme poverty before 2030. 

Now, partly thanks to UK aid, Mekuria is free to focus on her aspirations for medicine or teaching. 

Read More: Married at 3, Divorced at 7 — Two Ethiopian Girls Share Their Story

Specifically, UK aid money was used to support the UNICEF-UNFPA Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage, which in turn worked with the Bureau of Women and Children Affairs (BoWCA) to set up clubs like these all over the Amhara region in 2015, according to UNICEF Ethiopia.

The clubs empower young girls by offering life skills training, information about their rights, and even reaching out to families to change attitudes often rooted in traditional beliefs and values. And it works: a BoWCA trainer told UNICEF Ethiopia that it helped 106 girls escape child marriage in 2016 and 55 in 2017.

Globally, over 650 million women alive today were married as children.


On the heels of the #MeToo movement, girls like Mestawet are taking a stand:

"I told my parents, 'I do not want to get married.' But they refused. That's when I ran to the police station."

Take action to #EndViolence for girls this #IWD2018: http://p2a.co/SpqqKKc 


In July 2014, the UK hosted the world’s first Girl Summit with the intention of ending forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) within a generation. It was there that Ethiopia pledged to end both by 2025.

But it’s an uphill struggle. The EDHS reports that 65% of women aged 14-49 in Ethiopia have undergone FGM, while two in five girls will be married before their 18th birthday. It’s difficult to prosecute child marriage too: Ethiopia has no working system to register births, deaths, or marriages, according to Girls Not Brides, so it’s incredibly difficult to prove that a girl is actually underage.

Read More: This Incredible Former Child Bride Persuaded Her Country to Ban Child Marriage

Child marriage has painful consequences for society as a whole. It’s not just girls like Mekuria who suffer — it can contribute to trap entire communities in poverty indefinitely as it limits economic progress. When girls marry young, they’re more likely to drop out of school; more vulnerable to gender violence; less likely to get a job; at greater risk of poor health, FGM, and pregnancy complications.

“Child marriage is a harmful practice, and I want girls to continue with their education like me,” Mekuria said. “I have seen my classmates quit school because they are married. I always tell my friends in my village about child marriage, and I will continue to do so to others”.


Babies of #childbrides face higher risks of:

❗ Stunting
❗ Low birth weight
❗ Stillbirth or dying soon after birth

When girls choose if & when they have children, they and their families are healthier#ICFP2018


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17 DE ABRIL DE 2019



El 'efecto Attenborough' está causando que la contaminación plástica se reduzca

Las celebridades tienen un papel único en la reducción de residuos plásticos.



Por qué es importante para los Global Citizens
El plástico contamina los ecosistemas marinos en todo el mundo, causando daño a varias especies. Los Objetivos Mundiales de las Naciones Unidas piden a los países que protejan el medio ambiente. Puedes unirte a nosotros para tomar medidas sobre este tema aquí.

En el último episodio de la serie Blue Planet II de Sir David Attenborough, el icónico ecologista ha dirigido su atención al creciente problema de los residuos plásticos.


El episodio mostró que los pajaros ya se alimentan de trozos de plástico, las costas están cubiertas de contaminación y los ambientes marinos de todo el mundo llenos de desechos plásticos.


A lo largo de la serie, Attenborough instó a los espectadores a ser más sostenibles, y sus esfuerzos parecen haber dado sus frutos. Un nuevo informe de GlobalWebIndex muestra que las personas en los Estados Unidos y el Reino Unido redujeron su uso de plástico de un solo uso en un 53% en los últimos 12 meses.


Los autores atribuyen la pronunciada disminución al "efecto Attenborough".

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"Esta es un área donde el poder de las celebridades realmente se puede utilizar para el bien", dijo a Global Citizen, Bill Levey, CEO de Naeco, una compañía que fabrica alternativas plásticas sostenibles. “En el caso de Attenborough, ha estado informando sobre temas científicos durante décadas, se ganó el respeto de los científicos y, a esta edad, ahora tiene un tipo de aura paterna y majestuosa”.


"Realmente creo que este es un problema que solo puede beneficiarse de tener una voz fuerte y potente", agregó.


GlobalWebIndex encuestó a 3.833 personas en los Estados Unidos y el Reino Unido y encontró que el 82% prefiere los envases sostenibles para los productos que compran en la vida cotidiana y el 66% es más probable que confíe en marcas que se comprometen a ser más sostenibles.


La gente también se ha inspirado en la tendencia de Attenborough a seguir su propio consejo. Durante el rodaje de Blue Planet II, su equipo recogió cada parte de la basura que encontraron en el océano.


En el último año, la lucha contra la contaminación plástica ha cobrado impulso en todo el mundo. Más de 60 países han tomado medidas para restringir la producción y el consumo de plástico, las grandes empresas multinacionales han invertido en alternativas y los ciudadanos han encabezado la limpieza de los océanos.


Pero las celebridades podrían ser clave para hacer que el movimiento se generalice, según explicó Levey.


"Cualquier persona con muchos seguidores puede usar su plataforma para ayudar a crear conciencia sobre los efectos de nuestro uso del plástico en el medio ambiente", dijo Levey.


"En el mundo de hoy, hay muchas celebridades que tienen seguidores muy específicos y tienen la capacidad de llegar a personas que de otra manera no podrían escuchar sobre estos temas", agregó.


Varias celebridades se han convertido en defensores de la causa en los últimos años. La actriz Emma Watson usó un vestido hecho de botellas plásticas recicladas para el Met Gala 2016, la cantante de R&B SZA creó una línea de ropa que recicla residuos de plástico en los océanos, y el actor Adrien Brody se ha convertido en uno de los principales defensores de la lucha contra el uso de sorbetes de plástico.


Durante más de una década, Attenborough ha mostrado el esplendor de la Tierra y ha advertido sobre su posible declive. No es de extrañar que cuando le dio a la gente algo tangible que pudieran hacer para ayudar al planeta, reducir el plástico, lo aceptaron.


Y ahora el movimiento que ayudó a crecer está impulsando un cambio fundamental a nivel legislativo. El gobierno del Reino Unido actualmente está consultando con expertos en plástico para desarrollar políticas para mejorar las tasas de reciclaje y reducir la producción de plástico, según Geoff Brighty, el director técnico de Plastic Oceans.


"Realmente ha cristalizado en la mente del gobierno que la conciencia pública se ha movido a un lugar donde ya no queremos que esto suceda, está afectando nuestras vidas, no queremos que afecte a nuestros ecosistemas", dijo Brighty.

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Here's What Pregnancy Looks Like Around Sub-Saharan Africa

Jackie Marchildon and Olivia Kestin

Paolo Patruno

Nov. 20, 2018


Why Global Citizens Should Care
Every day, hundreds of women and girls die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. But there’s a movement of countries, companies, and charities attempting to fight for their lives. Take action here to protect vulnerable women and children around the world.

An estimated 130 million babies are born every year around the world. That’s about 356,000 per day. Sadly, with all that new life comes a vast number of maternal deaths.

About 830 women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications every day — 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries, with more than half of them in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Paolo Patruno, 46, is a social documentary photographer based in Bologna, Italy. In 2011, he started a long-term project called “Birth is a Dream,” a photo series that seeks to shed light on maternal health in sub-Saharan Africa.

Take Action: The UK Pledged to Help Save 35 Million Lives! Let’s Celebrate — and Ask the Government to Keep It Up

Patruno was working as a project manager for an NGO in Malawi when he met Rachel MacLeod, a senior clinical midwife who worked in the labor ward of the Bwaila Hospital, in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city. MacLeod introduced him to the issue of maternal health in Africa, and his series came to life.

Patruno didn’t just want to snap a few photos — he became invested in raising awareness on what he considers to be an underreported topic.

“The main issues that are behind this matter are the same [no matter where you are in Africa],” Patruno told Global Citizen.

Global Citizen_paolopatruno-01.jpgA midwife listens to a fetal heartbeat using a pinard horn while visiting a pregnant woman in Chankhungu health center. Chankhungu, Malawi
Image: Paolo Patruno

He said that circumstances — like rural versus city living — can play large roles in maternal care, but that when it came to maternal health issues, they remained the same across the African countries he visited.

“What I realized is that this is really a social issue, rather than a health issue,” he said.

The maternal mortality rate in developing countries was 239 per 100,000 live births in 2015, compared to just 12 in developed countries, according to the WHO’s most recent data.

Global Citizen_paolopatruno-08.jpgAfrica has the world’s highest rate of adolescent pregnancy. Many girls in small villages drop out of school early, having had sexual relationships with young boys, and getting pregnant before the age of 18. Bakumba, Cameroon
Image: Paolo Patruno

Poverty, distance to health centres, lack of education, lack of services, and cultural practices all play roles in these statistics.

“I think that the main root of this problem is not just the lack of doctors, the lack of hospitals or health centres,” Patruno said. “It’s mainly something that is coming from a cultural approach, tradition.”

He gave the example of women being unable to leave their homes for a long period time.

In rural areas, women need to be away from their homes for a few weeks if they choose to give birth in a health centre — it takes a number of days for them to reach health centres in the first place, and then they need to deliver and recover before heading back.

Global Citizen_paolopatruno-03.jpgA mother holds her new baby after a gruelling childbirth and several hours of labor. Bukavu, DRC
Image: Paolo Patruno

For many women, this is just not possible as they are the primary caregivers at home and many also tend to their family’s agricultural needs.

He also explained that some men don’t want their partners to deliver with male health workers, which poses a big problem as many doctors are men.

Many women therefore avoid visiting health centres to deliver their babies, which increases the chances of maternal or infant mortality.

Global Citizen_paolopatruno-14.jpgWomen giving birth in rural villages are most at risk. Since women have to take care of home duties and other children, they sometimes decide to have home deliveries, rather than going to hospitals or health centers. Chibabel, Mozambique
Image: Paolo Patruno

In other cases, women do visit health centres but they have negative experiences, and so they choose not to return for their next pregnancies.

Given that women in developing countries have more children on average, their lifetime risk of death due to pregnancy is much higher, and so a decision not to return to a health facility for future pregnancies could have dire results.

In Uganda, for example, Patruno said he followed a traditional birth attendant (TBA) and one of her patients was a midwife who opted to have a home birth instead of giving birth in the hospital where she worked.

Global Citizen_paolopatruno-05.jpgPregnant women have to work, taking care of house and family duties almost until the day of delivery — providing water and carrying heavy cans. Kampala, Uganda
Image: Paolo Patruno

It’s difficult to improve maternal health issues, according to Patruno. He said many organizations try to tackle this from the wrong angle, relying too much on a medical or health-based approach when it’s much more complex than that.

The Global Financing Facility (GFF) essentially aims to avoid doing just that. By working with governments and on-the-ground initiatives, the GFF helps prioritize interventions across the full health spectrum, but by addressing areas like nutrition, education, social protection, and gender, rather than just looking for the most obvious answer.

“The education approach is mainly the best way, because if you can educate a girl, maybe you are able to educate a woman after — and even a family,” the photographer said. “It’s much more easier to say, ‘OK, we provided an ambulance, we provided ... an incubator, we built a new unit, we provided beds — rather than to approach the problem … To educate … To go to the local community …”

Global Citizen_paolopatruno-06.jpgMidwife Mestwote takes the blood blood pressure of a pregnant woman through an outreach program in a rural area. Jinka, Ethiopia
Image: Paolo Patruno

Patruno has seen firsthand the limits of financial or technical support. In one health centre in Ethiopia, the workers couldn’t use the modern ambulances they had been provided because they had broken down and the staff didn’t have the means to fix them.

In another, health workers relied on bulb lamps instead of incubators because they were broken, too.

“I wanted to use my photography as a tool,” he said. “I wanted to focus on this project to let people know … this is a problem. Women are dying.”

Patruno referenced maternal mortality rates — more than 300,000 women die every year in Africa due to childbirth and pregnancy-related issues.

“That is much more than a war, that is much more than [terrorism] … but people don’t know and so that’s why I was very interested to focus on this matter,” he said. “The problem is not solved.”

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NOV. 20, 2018



World's Water Could Become Scarce if the Amazon Rainforest Is Destroyed

The world is already facing a severe water crisis.

Why Global Citizens Should Care
Access to water is a fundamental human right that’s being threatened by climate change and environmental degradation. The United Nations’ calls on countries to make clean water access universal. You can join us in taking action on this issue here.

The Amazon rainforest is home to 10% of the world’s species, generates 20% of global oxygen, and creates half of its own rain through an intricate water cycle dynamic.

It’s a natural system that’s a world unto itself — and it faces potentially catastrophic levels of deforestation under the new administration of Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, who has vowed to allow industrial interests to have more access to the forest.

If that happens, the effects would be felt far beyond Brazil. In particular, countries around the world could face droughts and water shortages, according to National Geographic.

Take Action: Urge Governments And Businesses To Invest In Clean Water And Toilets

That’s because the Amazon influences global rain patterns and is itself a major source of water. The push and pull of the water cycle throughout the 2.125 million square mile forest creates a “giant flowing river in the sky,” Nat Geo reports, which eventually feeds rivers and lakes around the world.

The Amazon is also a major carbon sink and its ongoing absorption of greenhouse gas emissions helps to mitigate global warming and climate change. As temperatures rise, precipitation patterns get skewed — some countries receive more rainfall, while other get less. This is already playing out in the world as many countries face increasingly dry conditions, which undermines agricultural systems and leads to water shortages.

These effects are expected to be felt as far as away as Africa and North America, Nat Geo reports.

Read More: Brazil Federal Court Blocks President’s Effort to Open Amazon to Gold Mining

If the Amazon continues to decline, it could enter a dangerous feedback loop, where chainsawed trees release greenhouse gas emissions causing temperatures to rise and the forest to dry, weakening the water cycle, and causing further drying.

Earlier in the year, a study showed that the Amazon is very close to reaching this point and could even resemble a desert within the next few decades.  

The world is already facing a severe water crisis. More than 30% of the global population is unable to access clean drinking water and the UN estimates that more than 5 billion people could be affected by water shortages by 2050.

Read More: 10 Pictures of How People Get Water Around the World

A large part of this problem is due to mismanaged natural resources.

In Latin America, Africa, and Asia, for example, most rivers are compromised by pollution from industrial runoff, the UN reports. Further, 80% of global wastewater and sewage is discharged directly into bodies of water, rendering it unsafe. Around two-thirds of forests and wetlands, which are essential to cleaning and maintaining water supplies, have been lost or degraded.

The continual damming of rivers throughout the world, which is common in Brazil, also disrupts water systems.

Read More: Pope Francis Says Selling Water Is 'Incompatible' With Human Rights

In various countries, water has become scarce.

For example, Lake Chad has shrunk by 95% in recent decades, putting millions of people at risk of famine. In Shanghai, 85% of the city’s drinking rivers are too polluted to draw water from. Melting glaciers throughout Asia, meanwhile, could deprive millions of people of drinking water.

Earlier this year, Cape Town narrowly averted becoming the first major city in the world to run out of water.

Read More: Photos of Cape Town in Crisis as the City's Water Runs Out

Emerging water insecurity could eventually lead to conflicts. Some analysts argue that the civil war in Syria was partially fueled by a devastating drought linked to climate change.

The good news is that these consequences are not inevitable. If forests like the Amazon are protected rather then cut down, rivers are cleaned rather than polluted, and greenhouse gas emissions are curbed rather than released, then water sources could remain robust well into the future.

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These powerful activists are at the frontlines of gender equality

8 March 2019 8:48AM UTC | By: JANE EAGLES


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This IWD, we’re passing the mic to African activists who are doing incredible work for gender equality. Together, they’re standing by a bold demand to world leaders, urging them to make real progress. Get to know more about the fantastic co-signers backing this demand, including our spokeswomen!


Melene Rossouw


Melene became an Attorney in the High Court of South Africa in 2009. In 2017, she founded the Women Lead Movement to educate, empower, and inspire women. They lead social change in their communities through human rights and leadership training. The movement also shows women how to publicly campaign and hold the government accountable for the promises they make to their citizens.

Dr Marlene-Joannie Bewa


Dr. Marlene-Joannie Bewa is an accomplished HIV/AIDS advocate from the Benin Republic. She founded the Young Beninese Leaders Association, a youth and women-led organisation. This program has trained more than 3000 girls and women on sexual and reproductive health, leadership, and entrepreneurship. She is also a “Goalkeeper for the Goals” for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Wadi Ben-Hirki


Wadi Ben-Hirki founded the Wadi Ben-Hirki Foundation when she was 17 years old. The foundation seeks to impact marginalised and disadvantaged communities through humanitarianism and activism. The charity organisation runs many campaigns, mostly in Northern Nigeria. She serves on the African Leadership Institute Youth Advisory Board and was the Special Guest from Africa at the 2018 Y20 Summit.

Lola Omolola


Lola Omolola is the founder of FIN, a private Facebook group that connects nearly 1.7 million women from across the world. She began the group in 2014, searching to create a virtual support network with other Nigerians after Boko Haram kidnappings. The group quickly grew into a hub for women’s issues, offering its members a safe outlet to discuss the struggles they face and connect with other women who share those experiences.

Samira Haruna Sanusi


Samira Haruna Sanusi is a Sickle Cell Awareness advocate and WASH advocate. She is the founder of the Samira Sanusi Sickle Cell Foundation, which builds awareness and supports hundreds of people with medical bills. She’s also the co-founder of WAFSLI Nigeria (Water for Sustainable Living). She is the author of S is for Survivor, a memoir about her personal experiences with Sickle Cell Anaemia.

Togola Hawa Séméga


Journalist Togola Hawa Séméga is on a mission to provide the young people of Mali with informative news and unite them. She achieves this with a creative mix of journalism, rap and humour. Kunafoni, her website and WebTV series, gets young people involved in social issues while also building their confidence.

Dieynaba Sidibe


Dieynaba is Senegal’s first female graffiti artist. She uses her art to show solidarity and highlight the issues women face. Health and access to education are some of the issues she’s covered through her art.

Naomi Tulay-Solanke


Naomi Tulay-Solanke is the Founder and Executive Director of Community Health Initiative. This non-governmental organisation in Liberia provides reusable and affordable health products for women and girls, empowering them to take control of their reproductive health. She’s also launched PADS4GIRLS, which trains women to produce sanitary pads.

Chmba Ellen Chilemba


Chmba is the Founder and Executive Director at Tiwale, a youth-led organisation supporting Malawian girls and women. She started Tiwale at 17 to end the vicious cycle of child marriage through economic and educational opportunities. Tiwale has supported over 250 women so far!

Fridah Githuku


Fridah Githuku is the Executive Director of GROOTS Kenya, a national grassroots movement led by women. The movement gives grassroots women visibility and decision-making power in their communities. They have invested in nearly 3,500 women-led groups across Kenya, sparking local, human-led change. As an Equal Measures 2030 partner, Fridah is passionate about the role of land rights in achieving gender equality.

Aya Chebbi


Aya Chebbi is an award-winning Pan-African feminist. She is the founder of the Youth Programme of Holistic Empowerment Mentoring, coaching the next generation of positive change agents. She’s also the founder of the Afrika Youth Movement, one of Africa’s largest Pan-African youth-led movements. She is the first African Union Youth Envoy and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet.

More Co-signers:

Lydia Charles Moyo, TV and Radio Presenter at Femina Hip TV
Elizabeth Wanja Ngeth, Kijiji Afrika
Olaoluwa Abagun, Founder of Girl Pride Circle
Mercy Abang, United Nations Journalism fellow
Karimot Odebode, ONE Champion
Dr. Stellah Wairimu Bosire, Executive Director of the Kenya Medical Association
Dolapo Olaniyan, Founder of The UnCut Initiative
Scheaffer Okore, Chief of Trade & Investment for the Pan African Chamber of Commerce
Diana Ninsiima, Senior Program Manager & Gender Lead at DOT Tanzania
Salimatou Fatty, a GPE youth advocate and founder of the Salimatou Foundation for Education
Mildred Ngesa, Head of Communications for FEMNET
Memory Kachambwa, Executive Director for FEMNET
Mama Koité Doumbia, Chair Member for FEMNET
Julie Cissé, Coordinator for GIPS WAR
Dr. Tlaleng Mofokeng, one of the 120 under 40 for the New Generation Leaders in Family Planning
Mylene Flicka, a Women’s Rights Writer
Mercy Juma, Broadcast Journalist and winner of the Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling
Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi, Founder of the Stand to End Rape Initiative
Amina Abdulazeez, ONE Champion
Hauwa Liman, Founder of Inspire for Impact
Linet Kwamboka, CEO of DataScience LTD
Saran Keïta Diakite, President of Malian Advocacy Group on SDGs
Sagara Saran Bouare, President of Women in Law and Development
Maimouna Dioncounda Dembele, Human Rights Activist
Mariam Diallo, Director of the Association for Women’s Leadership and Development
Nana Toure, Secretary General of the Sahel Youth Network
Valérie Traoré, Executive Director of Niyel
Imameleng Masitha, Communications and Advocacy Officer for The Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition
Refilwe Ledwaba, Founder of the Girl Fly Programme in Africa Foundation
Martha Muhwezi, Senior Programme Coordinating Officer for the Forum for African Women Educationalists
Anta Fall Basse Konté, Director of the Forum for African Women Educationalists Senegal
Danedjo Hadidja, President of APAD and an International Women’s Health Coalition partner.
Françoise Kpeglo Moudouthe, Founder of feminist blog Eyala
Nana Semuah Bressey, nurse

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