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Meet FARAHNAZ MOHAMMED ...Advocate Farah started in high school with two small groups: AIDS Awareness (to increase knowledge about the disease and combat stigma) and Amnesty International. She took over as student head of Amnesty in her final year believing that a little commitment can make a big difference. During her university career, she Now employed at a small NGO in China,Farah also volunteered at a clinic and interned volunteers for DeltaWomen and a Tropical Diseases at a newspaper in her resident unit. country, Jamaica. This allowed her to see firsthand the debilitating Taking active interest in global issues, Farah believes effects of poverty, and the that acting within her power to fight for her cause, no limitations of those working to matter how small it may be. change it.And as she moves towards her goal of being a doctor, Farah looks forward to a very positive and inspiring future.
Meet ASHFAK YASAL, Advocacy Officer, ActivistInspired by Martin Luther King’s words, “Everybody can begreat...because anybody can serve. You dont have to have acollege degree to serve. You dont have to make your subject andverb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soulgenerated by love,” Ashfak realized that the more you interactwith the distressed populace, the more you realize the worth oflife. He joined South Asia Forum as advocacy officer which focuses on core issues like democratic governance, and reformation of state owned institutions for deliverance in Pakistan.During their base line survey The 2010 devastating flood in Pakistan opened his eyes to thein Northern Areas of Pakistan reality that women were deprived of education, health and( which fall under tribal economic incentives. Seeing Pakistan’s socio- Economicadministration control) they infrastructure in tatters with the minority living very miserablecame across women lives, Ashfak was resolute in his decision to work for thedeprived of their rights to neglected populace and plans to form a force of women whosecast their vote. voices have been silenced.In Ashfak’s words: “The force will aim to empower women specially from minority, sociallypolitically and economic.”
Meet Ana Isabel Martínez Molina, ActivistAna Isabel has been an activist since the dayshe was born.An activist…not because she suffers forothers but because she believes only weourselves can eradicate inequality in thisworld and appreciate the world’smagnificence.An activist…because history is full of utopiasthat became reality, but none of them canbe achieved in one day nor without fighting.Inspired by beautiful words from a wise woman, “With a pen you can do anything,” Ana Isabelintends to travel the world with a pen and paper. To see, listen, and feel. To know, love, and live,and share it all for others to experience and feel the same through the might of her pen…and tomake a difference.
Meet NATALIA ALEKSEJEVA, Advocate for children and women’s rightsFor Natalia, activism all began while she wasworking as an intern at the Police PrefectureDepartment for Child Protection.Passionate about children’s rights and child sexualabuse prevention, she started joining severalNGOs, including the local UNICEF group. She thenbecame the national coordinator of the legalresearch group, which investigates the protectionof children against sexual violence in cooperationwith the Council of Europe.Believing that a child’s welfare depends greatly on his mother’s welfare, she stresses that whenwomen are empowered, this benefits and creates a ripple effect on future generations.In her inspiring words, “Women have all the power, more power than they themselves canimagine. I believe that we ourselves should be the change we want to see in the world and thatanyone can make a difference.”
Meet NGOAKO JAY MOROKOLO, the Intellect Activist An Intellect - Ngoako considers himself among the intelligentsia who use their creativity, knowledge and life skills to succeed, and to change other people’s lives and the environment for the better. To Ngoako, these are South Africa’s (SA) new citizens.His experiences living as a homosexual in His political exposure to African National CongressJohannesburg hardened him. And for a (ANC) and early activism in the business sectors,long time he forgot that life isn’t just Youth Empowerment Services (YES) and Consumerabout himself and his own sexuality, but Affairs have molded him into the person that he isalso of the world and those who live in it. today.He started an interactive online book club and plans to help young girls read English in theschool where he teaches.Passionate about books and its readers, writing for Deltawomen has encouraged him to writemore to inspire and educate women.
Meet SINMISOLA OGUNYINKA, Wife, mother, and Advocate for children’s rightsA woman of many accomplishments,Sinmisola works as management supportfor ICAP Nigeria in the HR & Admin unit. Shehas also written and co-written 16 books.She had a talk show TV program in Calabarcalled Issues of Life where contemporaryBible issues are trashed out in a no-holds-barred show.With a deep passion for children on thestreets of Nigeria, she dreams of theeradication of street hawking of children inNigeria during her lifetime.She tries to motivate and solicit help for children on the streets through her charity called Dorcieand is also involved in outreach programs: Umbrella project, bread and milk project, hospitaland prison outreach, and back-to-school projectsWhat’s in the future for Sinmisola? She will soon be part of Nollywood with her original worksin moving pictures.
Meet SREEJESH Sreejesh had no thought of being a part of social Activist and Volunteer service till his high school days. But things changed when he joined a new school undertaken by the Government of Kerala, where he was selected to the National Service Scheme(NSS). His first opportunity as Volunteer started with Centre for African Affairs and Global Peace, an organization dealing with HIV infected population of Africa. Working with DeltaWomen further provided him with another opportunity to get involved in major global concerns on women empowerment and other gender and global issues, Sreejesh sees himself as not just getting more active as an Online Volunteer, but he foresees himself asTo Sreejesh, “An activist is not made by getting away from the Computer Screen or Interneteducation but by his tireless and selfless and out on field missions for Non-Profit Organizationswork towards the development of the to help address environmental or social issues. Hesociety, people and environment he is hopes to one day be a part of the field missions forliving in.” the United Nations or similar civic organizations.
Kirthi was sure that when she went to Law School, she was Meet KIRTHI JAYAKUMAR, not going to be a practitioner at a Court of Law. Lawyer, Activist, Feminist She wanted to be an activist, a voice, for people who needed to be heard; a conduit for a persons deliverance to justice; one of the working wheels of society, that would help people.. Technology has taken her places - from war stricken Afghanistan, to DR Congo, the Middle East, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, South East Asia...to places where women bear the brunt of suffering from domestic or sexual violence, honour killings, or some other form of gender discrimination and violence simply because they are females. She realized that in the same world where women had the freedom to be equal with men, the women too had to struggle for recognition and equality be it in education, work or marriage.She learned that there is something intricately linking the backbone of society and women, thatwhen one of those woven threads is unravelled, society is crippled. Yes, she is a drop in theocean, but can... and has made a difference by being a voice for people who needed one.