Introduce Yourselves :Global Champions for Women's Economic Empowerment.

As UN Women and Empower Women announces 72 new Global Champions for Women's Economic Empowerment. I have initiated this discussion so that we can all come together, introduce ourselves and get to know each other along with a discussion of what we can possibly do in the next five months for the noble cause of Empowerment of Women

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  • Heanneah .S. Farwenee

    Hello Everyone, Heartfelt Congratulations to all of us.

    My name is Heanneah S. Farwneee and I originate from Lofa county in Liberia. I am a teacher, a poet, and a gender activist for social justice and development, and I am currently a student pursuing Masters Degree in Gender and Education at the University of Botswana. I also serve as a Research and Advocacy Coordinator for a local non--governmental organization that strive for development as well as empowerment of women and children in Liberia.

    I look forward to sharing and learning meaningful experiences to map the way forward for women economic empowerment.

  • Ana Espinosa

    Hi all and congratulations :) I'm so excited to be part of this group and it has been an amazing experience so far to learn and share with all of you. 

    My name is Ana Espinosa, and I'm originally from Mexico, currently living in US over the greater Boston area, but declare myself as a citizen of the world because I hope and believe someday the barriers and walls around the countries go down and we all learn to live equally in this world that we share. 

    I graduate as an Industrial Engineer with a special focus on quality improvements, worked as a consultant for a HR Mexican firm and then entered the supply chain industry as part of the IT team developing and leading projects through different countries and companies. Ever since I was a kid, feel passionate about volunteering so I find myself enroll in as much activities as possible that could help me keep in touch with people and communities that where developing, where I found my passion for advocate for those who have been shut all this years. 

    Currently I'm studying a degree in corporate sustainability, looking to address gender inequity as a bridge between the triple bottom line of sustainability or the social, economic and environmental sides of it. 

    I'm looking forward to connect and learn so much more in this 5 next months, and feel really honored to be part of this movement! 

     

  • Roman Girma Teshome

    My name is Roman Girma Teshome and I am from Ethiopia. I have graduated with an LLB (Bachelor of Laws) degree in July 2015 from Addis Ababa University Law School. Currently, I am working as an assistant lecturer of law at a university level. Apart from that, I am also engaging in different researches, mainly legal and online campaigns and dialogues. I am really passionate about justice, human rights protection and gender equality. In the future, I aspire to be a human rights advocate/activist and strive for a better protection of human rights in developing countries. As a global champion, I want to help women to know their rights including economic and social rights, fight for their protection and stand up for themselves. Particularly, I want to work on the areas of gender-based violence, discrimination and female migrant workers. Hence, I am developing a project called "The Pink Rights", which is an online platform that help women know about their rights and give free legal aid service (counseling) to women/girls so that they can claim their rights using the available mechanisms. The platform will have members from different countries who have some legal background and willing to help women/girls. I am really exited to be part of this vibrant and diverse group and looking forward to work with all of you.

  • Nwedobong Okon

    Hi Everyone.

    I am Nwedobong Okon, a medical doctor by profession who is also interested in rural agriculture. I have engaged in health outreaches in Nigeria directed towards women and children in the rural areas severally. I also engage in research programs on women's health issues and in the process of creating an e-platform for these researches to be published online. I am currently applying to study MPH/MBA to improve upon my community development skills. As an only female and lastborn growing in a patriarchial society as Nigeria, I have been subjected to some gender roles which has left acutely awar of the inequalities that women face day to day and ignited in me the passion to be a voice to millions of women who are not strong enough to break the gender barriers and own their lives. I must say, it is very much an honor to be listed as a global women's champion. I look forward to enjoying this experience. Thank You.

  • Badejoko Fabamise

    Hi All,
    I am excited to be among this 2015 cohort of amazing women.

    I am Badejoko Fabamise from Nigeria - an activist by profession, trainer by vocation. My background is in English language (B.A), Communication Arts (M.A) and Public health. For over 12 years, I have been actively involved in gender development and the citizen sector in Nigeria, utilizing all forms of media/creative options as tools for specific information dissemination to highlight, create awareness and promote women's advancement through my organization’s advocacy work on governance, gender based violence, gender equality, sexuality, women’s reproductive health and rights and education of girls.

    I look forward to mutually beneficial and rewarding exchanges in the next five months and beyond. Thank you #UN_Women and Empower Women for this great opportunity

  • Badejoko Fabamise

    Hi All,
    I am excited to be among this 2015 cohort of amazing women.

    I am Badejoko Fabamise from Nigeria - an activist by profession, trainer by vocation. My background is in English language (B.A), Communication Arts (M.A) and Public health. For over 12 years, I have been actively involved in gender development and the citizen sector in Nigeria, utilizing all forms of media/creative options as tools for specific information dissemination to highlight, create awareness and promote women's advancement through my organization’s advocacy work on governance, gender based violence, gender equality, sexuality, women’s reproductive health and rights and education of girls.

    I look forward to mutually beneficial and rewarding exchanges in the next five months and beyond.

  • Olipa Phiri

    I am a daughter, friend and mother. Born and raised in the capital city of Lilongwe, Malawi and the first one to attend tertiary education on my father’s extended family. I moved to Pretoria, South Africa in 2011. Currently,  I am a Masters student in Development Studies at University of Pretoria, studying and experimenting policy innovations on sustainable cities (urban inequality and redress).

    My goal is to be a person of influence in championing sustainable development. I am interested in the power of media and development in general with special focus on social justice and sustainability. I consider development challenges and opportunities as something that the world is giving me to work with, while communications for instance writing as something thing coming from within me to the world. And how I marry these two components forms part of pressure in my career path.

  • Ana Choza

    Hello and congrats!!

    My name is Ana and I am from Spain. I graduated from Social Education and Pedagogy. 

    I have always been particularly sensitive to social inequality, and acutely aware of its role in the perpetuation of economic and educative differences. All the eye-opening experiences that I had in Spain, France, Argentina and now in U.K. have taught me the extent to which social intervention is a necessary complement to public education, and more especially, within communities at risk of exclusion.

    For the last three years I have been working at a social intervention project based in a deprived area of Madrid, Spain. Our main goal was the integration of families from a diverse range of ethnic, educational and cultural backgrounds. The primary target was children aged 5-14 years and their mothers, many of whom had suffered from psychological and/or physical abuse. My role involved the design and application of strategies for social skills training, with a particular focus on fighting gender-based violence and promoting gender equality. 

    One of the subjects with which I got involved in recent years and that really interests me in terms of career development is "the role of women in society", so I decided to join the UN movement under the Empower Women framework. 

    Thank you very much for this opportunity, we have many things to do!!

  • Catherine wachu

    Hello to you all,

    My names are Catherine, I am from Nairobi,Kenya. I am an educationist by profession Special Education Needs to be precise Intellectual impairment. I am also a Child counselor. I as well have a back ground in Kenyan sign language and social work.  

    I have worked in different positions as a volunteer and on employment basis, I know that one can not separate a child from a parent/mother, 'nature nurture' theory holds truth. In relation to this Empower a woman empower the world can be explained in so many ways it is of great significance, it is the root of changing the many of the global evils.

    In my endeavors I have sat down with women in with an aim to help them in my own small ways. This opportunity will give me a platform to make greater positive strides in making a difference in women's lives like I.

    I once more than UN Women/Empower Women this opportunity. I am honored and I hope that a few months from now I will look back happy with impact we shall have in the Global Society.       

  • Evelyn Bisona Fonkem

    I am Evelyn Bisona Fonkem from Cameroon.I am a Gender Activist and presently the Gender Officer for Women in Action against Gender Base Violence, a non-governmental organization that seeks to provide women with their strategic and practical needs.Furthermore, I am the Cameroon Head Chapter for Climb Against Sexual Abuse, a youth-led international organization with Headquarters in the UK.

    In 2014,while I was working with Plan International, I actively collaborated in the distribution of vocational training support and material to 2500 in 30 communities in the North West Region of Cameroon.Moreover,I presently monitoring and evaluating a project on Model Families funded by the Global Fund for Women, which aims to provide rural female farmers with improved maize seeds ,skills and fertilizers in order to build economically sustained communities.

    Being a Global Champion for Women's Economic Empowerment, will challenge me personally and professionally.Thank you Empower Women for believing in me.

  • Mary Achieng

    My name is Mary Achieng community development is my field of practice  with a special touch on counseling activities for issues that touch on individuals and my community in general. I currently seat in a Youth Board ( NYC) as a member representing coast region,  as an activist I have previously worked for Muslims for human rights in a programmes that was aimed at community members to follow up on Devolved funds and processes. As a volunteer I have worked for different local NGOs undertaking programmes on Reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, Talent Search, Youth empowerment where I have grown to understand the whole process of community organizing.

    I started a group of young women (VIjana JIke CBO) with an aim of Empowering ourselves as women politically, economically and socially and I hope to see our vision come true, am also a Director for a company called MADRU LTD which I established in 2013 as an upcoming Entreprenuer.

    Am so excited to have gotten this opportunity and hope to learn, share, network and possibly help my community get necessary linkages and opportunities that can help them run their programs. 

    Congratulations to you all 

  • Swati Vempati

    First of all, a big congratulations to all of us ! :)

    I'm Swati Vempati and I'm a development professional from India. I have experience in marketing, strategy development, partnerships and project management in the fields of financial inclusion, mobile payments and online volunteering. I have recently started work with Nirmaan (NGO) on a project for economic rehabilitation for women prison inmates and its been exciting few days.

    I am quite delighted with this opportunity to work with UN Women and Empower Women teams and connect with all of you for furthering the cause of women's economic empowerment. I am interested in learning and building the connections between the various situations impacting women and girls. And ultimately present it to the communities and world at large coz I believe stats and these connections have a way of personalising the issue. And I am also looking forward to working on impact assessment methods coz I feel that's one area that development sector can really buck up.

  • Sara Davaasambuu

    Hi my name is Sara Davaasambuu, I am from Mongolia. Currently, I am doing my postdoctoral research training at Columbia University in New York. My research is focused on mental health issues, life satisfaction, access to health care, stigma related to mental health in low and middle income countries. I am very passionate about equal opportunity and treatment of women and children especially those who have disabilities such as mental illness. I am very happy to be here and looking forward collaborating with you all next 5 months to improve women economic empowerment throughout the globe. 

  • Mary Mkoji

    My name is Mary Mshai, I am from Nairobi, Kenya. I am currently an intern at a local NGO that promotes social justice in East Africa through research, capacity building, advocacy and public interest. Its main focus is to advocate for human rights particularly social and economic rights. My passion is to be instrumental in social research and to work among marginalized and poor communities to promote and protect their interests, rights and needs.

    I am grateful for this opportunity as I strongly believe that it presents a great platform for us (from different cultural and professional backgrounds) to learn from each other as well as network in order to collaborate in pushing the women economic empowerment agenda. Furthermore, I am confident that being a global champion for WEE will allow me to engage in local women empowerment initiatives thus positively contribute to their well-being.

    I look forward to gaining new insights and growing my capabilities, capacity and friends circle in the next five months.

  • Evelyn Bisona Fonkem

    I am Evelyn Bisona Fonkem from Cameroon.I am am a Gender Activist and presently the Gender Officer of Women in Action against Gender Base Violence a non-government organization that seeks to provide women and girls with their strategic needs and transform their lives for real.I am also the Cameroon Head Chapter for Climb Against Sexual Abuse, an International youth-led organization base in the United Kingdom.As a volunteer with Plan International in 2014, I actively collaborated with other gender activist to support 2500 girls in 30 communities Cameroon with vocational training skills in order to help them start income generating activities.

    Moreover, I am the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of a project that provides rural female farmers with improved maize seeds, fertilizers and skills funded by the Global Fund for Women with the aim to ensure food security and to build economically sustained communities.Being a member of this team is a once in a life time opportunity that will challenge me personally and professionally.Thank you Empower Women For believing in me.

     

  • Tazeen Dhanani

    I'm Tazeen Dhanani from USA, close to Washington, DC, and of Pakistani heritage. I'm a nonprofit professional with an academic background in psychology and public health, and work experience in communications, membership, women's empowerment, social welfare, and health promotion. I publish a weekly eNewsletter entitled "P.E.A.C.E. Digest" (standing for Promoting Equality, Advocating for Change and Empowerment). My goal and mission in life is to inspire others to empower themselves and to be a voice for the voiceless, to be of service, and to raise marginalized groups to higher and more equitable levels. I'm very excited to work with you all more in the coming months! Congratulations to all!

  • Liz Guantai

    Am Liz Guantai, from Nairobi, Kenya. I am a lawyer who advocates for social justice and social-economic rights, with emphasis on protection of vulnerable persons in our society such as women, children and the poor. Currently I engage in social work, blogging, legal aid and rights awareness trainings.

    My objectives for WEE are Eradication of Gender-based violence, Legislative reforms, Ownership and access to land and property, mentorship of the girlchild and Eradication of poverty. I would particularly wish to focus on rural, uneducated women and young women in informal settlements who are more vulnerable to social injustices and poverty.

    I am honored and excited to begin this transformative journey with you all fellow champions! Congratulations all!

  • Teresa Abila
    I am Teresa Abila from Kenya, a community leader and a co-founder of a community based organization that focuses on empowering rural women on Mentorship programmes, Education,agriculture and using their natural abilities for economic progress.I am so humbled to be part of this great movement advocating for Women's Economic Empowerment and more so to collaborate with fellows by sharing and learning from experiences. The excitement is mutual!
  • Adebisi Haruna

    My name is Adebisi from Nigeria, I am an ICT professional, social entrepreneur and founder of www.leaps.in; a web-based platform  were I develop programs that contribute to sustainable development in Africa with a focus on the social and intellectual equality of women. I work to mentor, train and crowd-fund education for indigent women and youths; and I must say that it is a whole lot of fun working on WEE.

    #FeelingExcited.

  • Samalie Nabagwisa
    I am Samalie from Uganda.I am a banker by profession but very passionate about women empowerment and women issues. I am currently working on a project called,"The Empowered Woman" a forum for empowering women,connecting young women with women mentors and building strategic networks and partnerships.I am excited about connecting with like-minded women for this great cause.
  • Samalie Nabagwisa
    I am Samalie from Uganda.I am a banker by profession but very passionate about women empowerment and women issues. I am currently working on a project called,"The Empowered Woman" a forum for empowering women,connecting young women with women mentors and building strategic networks and partnerships.I am excited about connecting with like-minded women for this great cause.
  • Samalie Nabagwisa
    I am Samalie from Uganda.I am a banker by profession but very passionate about women empowerment and women issues. I am currently working on a project called,"The Empowered Woman" a forum for empowering women,connecting young women with women mentors and building strategic networks and partnerships.I am excited about connecting with like-minded women for this great cause.
  • Samalie Nabagwisa
    I am Samalie from Uganda.I am a banker by profession but very passionate about women empowerment and women issues. I am currently working on a project called,"The Empowered Woman" a forum for empowering women,connecting young women with women mentors and building strategic networks and partnerships.I am excited about connecting with like-minded women for this great cause.
  • Stella Bakibinga

    I am Stella from Uganda but living in Sweden. I am a journalist by profession and more into the academia. I have previously worked with Plan Uganda as a communications person. My area of specialization is Development Communication. I am so glad to be a part of this dynamic community. #EmpowerWomen

  • Sylvie Aouro

    Hello !

    I am Sylvie Aouro Ekanza. I am currently the Chief Executive Officer of a financial engineering firm after 13 tremendous years in oil industry. I was previously Trade Officer in an Ivorian oil company. I have got a versatile experience in Office Administration, Events Management and Marketing in 4 oil entities namely Société Multinationale de Bitumes (SMB), Société Ivoirienne de Raffinage (SIR), Special Unit on Commodities at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the African Refiners Association (ARA).

    I am very active in my community on projects to eradicate Obstetric Fistula with Innerwheel International; showing Africa differently with afropolite.com; developing my Communication and Leadership skills with Toastmasters International.

    As a Mandela Washington Fellow, I am privileged to be part of a network of more than 1,000 Young African Leaders, like-minded people, striving to impact our countries and continent.

  • Julien Delsarte

    Hello Everyone,

    I'm Julien and I live in Belgium (near the french border). I'm a young graduate in anthropology of development and I did a thesis on women's empowerment with a holistic dimension. I am currently working as an intern in a not for profit organization targeting young people and providing cultural education. I'm passionate about research and knowledge, I tend to be interested by social sciences and political science, management, user experience design, architecture, ... I would like to evolve in a professional environment where I can do meaningful things for me and for others.

  • Melanie Bublyk
    Hi Everyone I am looking forward to connecting with you amazing and inspiring agents of change over the next five months.I am a Community Development Practitoner(recently graduated),I am currently working for a not for profit organisation and am challenged by the plight of women in my country.Despite being a developed nation I feel we have no sufficient women's empowerment programs in place and is why I reached out and engaged with this organisation.I am grateful to have been chosen as a Global Champion for Women's Economic Empowerment and look forward to being mentored by all of you!
  • Sabin Muzaffar

    Great idea Renu.

    I am Sabin Muzaffar - a Pakistani living in the United Arab Emirates. I have been in the media business for almost two decades and my main subjects are women issues and technology. I strongly believe - just like the rest of you - that women hold key to a sustainable society. I also think the way forward is through collaboration and engaging communities as well as individuals in meaningful conversations to raise awareness, educate and create social impact. We live in a digital age where it is critical to leverage technology for empowerment.

  • Joy Eze

     I am Joy Eze,from south-east Nigeria.I am a social Entrepreneur with bias in women economic empowerment, healthy life style, financial literacy, and Gender equality.  I am very passionate about rural women  Issues.I want to see a world were a rural woman will be in leadership position.

     

  • Ebru Uzumcu

    Hi Renu,
    thanks for initiating this sharing. I live in Istanbul and work passionately for women issues since I was a teenager. My mom's genes:) I am a psychotherapist, a writer, I've had my TV show and currently I stage a live show with 2 other wonderful women, I am also doing workshops and seminars for private companies. I have my masters in couple therapies with a specialty in domestic violence. I've grown up as feeling adequate and normal in my family yet I've learned how extraordinary my situation was when I went to highschool. Since then I work for other women, meaning for a whole and peaceful life. I feel great being a part of this shining community. Hello again to everyone.

  • Ekene Onu

    Hi Renu

    My name is Ekene Onu, I am a Nigerian American, living in the US. I run a leadership and personal development coaching and consulting company focused on helping women attain holistic success, through workshops, conferences and individual coaching work. 

    I also work with organizations to help them "Refresh" their employees, through trainings and retreats. I am excited to be part of this group and ready to get started to create as powerful an impact as possible in the area of empowering women economically.

     

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