In the midst of numerous global challenges, One Young World Ambassadors continue to drive forward positive change across every sector. Over the past week, Ambassadors have successfully lobbied their national governments, had their voices heard on prominent media outlets and launched new initiatives.
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Emergency declaration campaign
Satta is the Executive Director of Action for Justice and Human Rights (AJHR), an NGO founded to advocate and ensure access to justice and respect of human rights in Liberia.
As a result of the proliferation of rape cases in Liberia, Satta has been working alongside the Affiliation of Child and Women Right Advocates, a group of young advocates in Liberia, to lobby the national government. Due to the tireless actions of the group, the President of Liberia declared rape as a National Emergency, allocating a $4M budget and developing a national Sexual and Gender-Based Violence roadmap for the country. Satta and her fellow campaigners will continue to follow-up and demand strong action until no child or women is a victim of sexual abuse in Liberia.
Grassroots prison support during COVID-19
Fatoumatta Kassama is a freelance nurse and social entrepreneur. Her actions over the past few months have included:
- Providing 50 kits of reusable sanitary pads, underwear and soap to 50 female prisoners at Mile 2 prison in The Gambia.
- Providing 1500 cloth facemasks for 750 prisoners and Prison Officers in all three prisons in The Gambia.
- Using funding from the US Embassy Banjul to sensitise Gambians on COVID-19.
Joined United Healthcare Accelerator
Options MD, co-founded by Morgan Hewett, began the United Healthcare Accelerator powered by Techstars. The programme is aimed at world-class entrepreneurs solving substantive problems across the healthcare landscape.
Options MD uses data to connect those suffering from chronic disease with easy to understand, personalised treatment recommendations.
Forbes 30 Under 30
Spandana was chosen as a Forbes “30 Under 30” Awardee and will join the Middle East Class of 2020.
Spandana is the founder of ZoEasy, which is an employment platform for skilled and unskilled blue-collar workers. It has generated a database of 65,000 job seekers from the Indian Sub-Continent and South East Asia, who are classified based on skills and psychometric abilities.
100 Women Leaders
Lina was included among 100 women leaders in Vital Voices' new book "Vital Voices: 100 Women Using their Power to Empower".
As the founder and owner of SheFighter, Lina is working to empower women physically, mentally and emotionally through self-defense training.
Released national report on COVID-19
Willice and his team published a new report: "Lockdown live: Finding Youth Led Solutions to COVID-19".
The Executive Director of The Youth Café, Willice has organised more than 100 Facebook live events over the past few months on the impact of Covid-19 on the youth.
Sky News interview
Kenny Imafidon was interviewed on Sky News. He called for more to be done about systemic and institutional racism in the UK and the importance of recognising that society still has a lot of work to do.
An award-winning social entrepreneur and campaigner, Kenny is the co-founder & Managing Director of ClearView Research Ltd, a leading-edge social and market research agency.
CEO of @CVR_Insights @KennyImafidon tells #KayBurley his latest research for the Human Rights Committee found over 75% of black people in the UK do not believe their rights are equally protected compared to white people.— SkyNews (@SkyNews) September 7, 2020
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Social Responsibility Award
Iseult Ward, co-founder and CEO of FoodCloud, has won the Social Responsibility Award at the first-ever European Tech Women Awards.
Running as part of London Tech Week, the awards were hosted by the UK’s department for international trade and aimed to recognise the excellence of 24 women from 12 countries through their achievements in the technology field.
Forbes guest post
Dr Faheem Ahmed wrote a guest post in Forbes on behalf of Columbia Business School. The piece, titled "All Public Health Roads Lead To Private Equity" explored the lucrative global healthcare sector and the opportunity for private capital to promote public good.
Top project - Paris Peace Forum
Tespack, co-founded by Caritta Seppa, was selected as one of the top projects by the Paris Peace Forum, a platform to advance governance solutions, launched by the French Government. They will be introducing their Solar Media Bag (SMB) initiative, an all-in-one solution that combines hardware and software to provide access to audiovisual education and humanitarian assistance in rural regions.
Chartered Accountants 35 Under 35
Mandy was featured by the South Africa Institute for Chartered Accountants on their 35 under 35 list.
A transactor in the private equity industry, Mandy spends her downtime running her education & entrepreneur non-profit, imagine.nation, and as co-chair of One Young World's FinBiz2030 Task Force.
Top campaign of the decade
The Palau Pledge has been named The Design Black Pencil of the Decade.
The Pledge, co-founded by Nicolle Fagan, is a groundbreaking visa entry system. Visitors to the Pacific island-country must have an environmental pledge stamped in their passports as is a formal promise to act in an environmentally responsibly way on the island.
EE 30 Under 30
Orlando has been selected for the North American Association for Environmental Education's EE 30 under 30 list. Since 2016, NAAEE's EE 30 Under 30 program has recognized 150 social entrepreneurs, artists, researchers and educators from around the world who are making a difference through environmental education.