Weekly roundup: OYW Ambassadors win prestigious awards, launch £1 million plastic reduction project & much more

1. Gharsanay Amin, Afghanistan, named "2019 Woman of Distinction"

The NGO CSW/NY award recognises leadership in the struggle for gender equality. It is awarded by a coalition of hundreds of NGOs and individuals in parallel with the UN Commission on the Status of Women. At only 22 years old, Gharsanay is the youngest ever recipient of the award.

To read more about the award and why Gharsanay received it, click here.

2. Bonita Sharma featured by UNESCO for her work inspiring Nepalese women and girls through education

Since gaining funding from the UNESCO Malala Fund for Girls’ Right to Education, Bonita has reached hundreds of people through her Action for Nutrition project.

To read the full article, click here.

3. Danielle Crompton launches £1 million project with Waitrose to find solutions to plastic pollution

Danielle is the driving force behind the new Waitrose initiative to give £1 million of funding to projects addressing plastic pollution.

To discover more about the grant and to apply, click here.

4. Arash Bordbar, Iran, chosen as an Australia Day Ambassador 

For the second year running, Arash has been invited to be an Australia Day Ambassador. 

5.  Kehkashan Basu, Canada, interviewed on Rogers TV


To watch the full video, click here.

6. Meg Zeenat Wamithi to host the first ever spotlight session at "Time To Talk Day"

Time To Talk Day is an event on 7th February which aims to get everyone talking openly about mental health.

Find out more here.

7. OYW Ambassadors participated in the inaugural "OYW Day" at Sevenoaks School

The day saw nearly 200 students and over 20 mentors take part in a hackathon to create innovative solutions to SDG 11 and 12.

To read more about the day, click here.


8. Isabelle Kamariza, Rwanda, selected for the Aspen Institute “New Voices Fellowship”

The New Voices Fellowship is a programme designed to aid experts from developing countries and allow them to play a more powerful role as advocates in their respective fields.

9. Colombian activist Carolina Garcia chosen for expedition to Antartica

Carolina, in a team of 80 female professionals, travelled to Antartica as part of a programme to raise the profiles of women across different fields of expertise. 

Read more here.

10. OYW Ambassadors meet up in Mexico