Gemma Munday is the International Marketing & Communications Coordinator at Restless Development. In this blog she introduces 5 amazing young women who have inspired her.
This week we have been celebrating some pretty incredible young women from around the world. Since today is International Women’s Day, we want you to meet these five young powerful women who are changing the world. From fighting child marriage to holding world leaders to their promises, these ladies prove how young women can and should lead in their communities and the world.
Purity is a volunteer for Tikambe! (Let’s Talk!), a joint BBC Media Action and Restless Development project in Zambia. The project uses TV, radio and online media to train young people in life skills, improve their knowledge of sexual and reproductive rights, and improve access to health services. Purity tackles some difficult subjects in her community, including rape and violence against women.
“The radio station that we are working with on the Tikambe! project is one of the biggest in Kabwe (the capital of Zambian Central Province). It is everywhere. You go in stores, you listen to KNC radio; you go into town, anywhere you go – even if you board a bus you will find people listening to it. So it is the easiest way of reaching a large number of people out there.”
Hear more from Purity and how she’s using radio and media to make a difference.
It’s been three weeks since Eva launched her campaign for clean water in her village in rural Tanzania. Already, Eva has inspired thousands of people around the world to use their youth power to make a difference.
“To my fellow young people, we should rise up and make ourselves heard. I am just one girl, but my voice matters.”
#StandwithEva, and young people everywhere, by signing her petition for clean water. With bold new Global Goals agreed by world leaders, now is the time to make sure the new Tanzanian Government deliver on promises they made.
Roni was one of the first young people to respond after the earthquake last year, delivering emergency supplies and providing vulnerable people with support. She’s gone on to do internships, workshops, a leadership project and even designed and implemented an interactive learning programme for women and children after the earthquakes.
“My proudest moment in the earthquake response was teaching Interactive learning to the teachers and the children. In our country there is a traditional kind of education, the teacher will speak and there is no creativity. We used this technique which can make the children actively participate and communicate, and help them forget their trauma from the earthquake.”
Hear how Roni bravely worked to rebuild her country after the Nepal earthquake in her blog.
Ritah is an accountability advocate on our BIG IDEA project, led by young people around the world. Globally these young people are working to hold their leaders to account for promises they make, and make sure these same leaders commit to ambitious goals to tackle poverty, inequality and climate change.
“Being part of this project has helped me to understand the role I can play in the attainment of the Global Goals. Importantly, it has given me an opportunity to be a role model for other young women, showing that young women can and should lead.”
Find out more about how Ritah has been making sure leaders listen to her in Uganda.
Mamuni was just 17 years old when she was pressured to get married. She lives with her mother and older sister in a remote village in Odisha state, India. Here girls are often married as child brides, many before the age of 14. Her story shows her courage to fight for her education, and continue to lead the way for girl’s rights.
“After attending sessions with Restless Development volunteers, I felt confident to speak to my mother about both the sexual and mental pressures I could face if marrying so young.”
Read more about how Mamuni is leading our Knot so Young campaign to end child marriage in India.