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Spotlight on Nirmala Gurung

Nirmala is a young woman who currently lives in Nepal. She has an academic background in medical microbiology, is currently specialising in rural development, and works as a Young Women’s coordinator for the YWCA in Nepal. Nirmala became active in the movement in 2013, when she participated in the Rise-Up […]

Expanding My Horizons through AU

My name is Rose Robert Manumba, I am a lawyer and a Program Coordinator at the YWCA of Tanzania. I had the opportunity to attend the 29th Gender Is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC) Summit and the 9th AU Pre-Gender Summit at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where the theme was, “Harnessing demographic dividend through […]

For the Girls Who Write as Well as the Boys

by Alexandra Martin, World YWCA Intern and Kent State University student I’ve always needed women in my life. Though, I didn’t always know it and it wasn’t always in the ways I had thought. Of course, as an only child and a female; I need my mother. She’s my number one. […]

What if I my rights are violated?

By Vanessa Anyoti, YWCA of Tanzania The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) “has great potential to promote and protect human rights in the darkest corners of the world.” – Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General The UPR was established in March 2006 and is a unique process of the Human Rights Council (HRC). The […]

We Are Here to Claim Our Space

by Rati Muyambo, Gender and Media student at the University of Cape Town As a young woman who is passionate about gender equality and young women’s issues, I had the privilege of attending the first ever Human Rights Council Youth Forum in Geneva. On the 10th of June, youth from all […]