Weekly roundup: OYW Ambassadors win major awards, run for office, feature in news & more

1. Grace Forrest, Australia, one of the Young Leaders Against Sexual Violence leaders, won GQ’s Humanitarian of the year Award Congratulations for her work with Walk Free Foundation to end modern slavery

2. Nina Forgwe & Acheleke Leke, Cameroon were key contributors to PeaceTech Lab’s Lexicon on hate speech and violence

“Social Media and Conflict in Cameroon” investigates the landscape of online hate narratives in Cameroon. Since 2016, Cameroon has seen an uptake in hateful and inflammatory rhetoric in the context of an intensifying crisis between Anglophone and Francophone communities and political elites - a crisis that is rooted in dynamics sown in Cameroon’s colonial past and transition to independence. Earlier this year, the two Ambassadors partnered to carry out the Creative Skills for Peace rehabilitation project in Cameroonian prisons where they trained prisoners in skills like greenhouse farming, poultry farming, jewellry making and more.

Read the full Lexicon here.

3. Mina Tolu, Malta is running in the European Parliament election as a candidate for the Malta Green Party, Alternativva Demokratika

4. Congratulations to A Plastic Planet for achieving their hard fought dream of creating a plastic free supermarket aisle. Onto the next one!

5. Our partners Global Goalscast are looking for feedback on their podcast

We’ve had several OYW Ambassadors feature on the podcast, from Palau Pledge visionary Nicolle Fagan to recently elected Federal Deputy of Sao Paulo, Tabata Amaral de Pontes. 

Share your thoughts.

6. Kehkashan Basu, Canada received the Innovator of the Year Award at the HundrED Innovation Summit in Helsinki

7. Fatima Zaman, UK spoke at Obama Foundation Summit about her work to counter violent extremism

8. Kian Bakhtiari, Iran wrote about purpose-driven brands in Entrepreneur

He also got a shoutout from Unilever CEO & OYW Counsellor Paul Polman

Read the full article here.

9. Bozhanka Vitanova, Macedonia & Johan Bjurman Bergman wrote for the World Economic Forum on why millenials are successful startup founders

Read the full article.

10. Eric Nehemiah, Kenya was featured in Kenyan news for his work in the Mathare slums

Read Eric's story. 

11. Anita Mitic, Serbia has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a fine she received to make a statement about human rights

She has been fined for “disturbing a speech” by a convicted war criminal, asking for attention for victims rather than war criminals.

Read more & join her campaign here.

12. Ruth Wacuka, Kenya was featured in a film ‘Love You Give’ for her campaign work to promote families & raise awareness about the dangers of orphanages

Learn more about the film.


13. Neeshad Shafi, Qatar was featured in the Gulf Times for his advocacy work on climate issues

Thank you @GulfTimes_QATAR for featuring about @AYCMQA new awareness documentary with Ambassadors in #Qatar who explains how #climatechange affects our planet & how #youth can contribute to #climateaction & solution. https://t.co/zXSAzUkjRB @GermanyinQatar pic.twitter.com/bOObi1MsEW

— Neeshad V S (@ineeshadvs) November 22, 2018

14. Ha Lam, Vietnam, Founder of Triip.me, delivered a keynote at Social Media Week in Manila last week 

She spoke about “Rising platforms: Pushing demand for unrealized market need”

15. Check out why long-time partner Unilever sends delegates to OYW every year


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