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Meet PAOLA BRIGNETI Photographer, Activist Paola discovered that her activism grew as she learned more and wanted to do to something to make the world a more peaceful and happy place. Her work with youth centered on the arts as a way to help at-risk youth cope with the challenges of life… youth who lived very rough lives and doing their best to succeed. Her mentoring taught her that every moment can be a teachable moment.She also works in the field of women’s health and rights. And the more she learned, the moreshe believed in women’s ability and potential to change the world. So she started volunteeringdoing advocacy work in the field of women’s rights like Delta Women where she contributedtheir advocacy strategy, program planning, and different awareness campaigns when it juststarted out. Paola plans to continue to find new ways to speak up for those whose voices have been unfairly silenced and whose lives have been violently taken away from them.
Meet ZYANDA XASO, Finance expert, Volunteer, ActivistZyanda combines her two passions, writing and social activism through online volunteering withDelta Women and Youth Leader Magazine. She believes that communities worldwide are alsofaced with similar social issues and an exchange of ideas and solutions can go a long waytowards encouraging people and showing them that they are capable of tackling their ownissues.When she returned to her hometown in2007, she wanted to give back to hercommunity and make a difference in people’slives. So she joined a volunteer organizationthat coordinated with charities that neededhelp.Discovering her true passion had not beeneasy. Corruption was a major obstacle. Whileworking in a government department, she She hosted a fundraising dinner with a friend forrealized the need for civil organizations to the Reach for a Dream Foundation which waswork hand in hand with government to be covered in the local newspaper, the Dailyable to bring social change in the country. Dispatch.She plans to continue her activism and further her studies with a focus in Development Studies.
Meet SUPREET KAUR, Lawyer, ActivistSupreet is from India and a lawyer by profession working in the field of environmentTo her, the determination to stand for a fellow human being in its fight for justice and survival iswhat drives her into activism. The words of Malcolm X serves as an inspiration for her: , “Im fortruth, no matter who tells it. Im for justice, no matter who it is for or against. Im a human being,first and foremost, and as such Im for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”She is in activism to find a cure for a socialdisease called ‘Sexism.’ She stresses though,that it does not make her a feminist becauseshe is not upset when a movie portrays awoman as the weaker sex. Nor is she againstmen who think women are ‘slaves’ but isagainst women who think they are no betterthan their male counterparts. Every woman should remember that to earn respect she has to learn to respect herself.
Meet MELLANEY ANGELLE HELENITA RODRIGUEZ International Law student, ActivistMellaney was born and raised on a small island in the Caribbean. She recalls in her childhood,going to a circus and seeing all the beautiful elephants in shackles and chains. She begged herparents to let the elephants walk free.Today, 20 years later. She is To Mellaney,working on getting her activism is abachelors degree in passion. It’s thatinternational law with a feeling deep downspecialization in Human in your core thatrights. A strong believer in you need to act, torights, she is currently contribute, to applyinterning for an NGO in the your skills to help inHague – Gender Concerns whatever it is thatInternational – which aims at has meaning topromoting women’s political you, no matter howparticipation. She also small yourcontributes to Delta Women contribution.by writing blogs regardingwomen in law and society. Activism is making a better future for the generations to come, fighting the battles and paving a path for a better future for all
Meet LYLIN AGUAS, Bank Professional, VolunteerMore than 5 years ago, a friend asked her to help support an NGO which focused oneradicating poverty and aids in Africa. They’ve always had talks about how things were inthe world, the discrimination, violence, hate.Being an emotional and sensitive personthat she is, It was inevitable that Lylin expressedher emotions by writing them…telling the worldabout the helpless and disadvantaged, the abusedand the discriminated.She blogged about issues she found relevant.Distance was no barrier. She found her blog readand getting responses from people thousands ofmiles away…people she didn’t know, people whoshe touched and could relate to the issuesand also wanted to make a difference no matterhow small.Wherever the future may lead her, Lylin sees herself as getting more involved in volunteeror cause-oriented work.
Meet Elaheh Zohrevandi, Teacher, Activist, the Girl with Big DreamsEla started working as a teacher when her friend introduced her to an NGO located in one of thepoorest places in downtown, Tehran. There, live hundreds of poor afghan kids who dont evenhave enough food to grow up...not a surprising story as most of them have seen and workedamong these people.Growing up in a colorful and varied city like Tehran, she learned how to close her eyes on beggars,homeless kids and even sex-dealers. But working as a volunteer in DeltaWomen, she learned howto open her eyes to the reality of the world. From being a political and fictional writer, Elahas opened a new chapter in her life of being a worrier, an observer, someone who feels the painof kids and women. As a young girl she was moved by the works of Shirin Ebadi, Iranian writer and activist, who won her nobel prize when she was a fugitive, and had to run away from her country to let the world hear her story. Ela tried to be like her and became a runner-up for the Best New Writing Award. Ela never tries to change the world but knows how to change HER world...and its going to be beautiful, safe and very colorful: Just like a rainbow.