Gratiyana Ningrat Kusumasubrata

Gratiyana Ningrat Kusumasubrata

Gratiyana Ningrat Kusumasubrata Gratiyana, simply called Gratiya is always passionate about inspiring, motivating and empowering people to stand up on their feet and improve their quality of life. She was a national head of finance in the one of the largest global youth leadership movement-AIESEC. Her role was to support the sustainability of products that support the SDGs and youth leadership development for under 30s in Indonesia. She has also been part of numerous education projects for children and women in rural areas as volunteer, committee member and other key roles. A global platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential in around 150 countries, AIESEC is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), affiliated with the UNDPI,…
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Theodora: The golden heart for women

Theodora: The golden heart for women

Theodora Aidoo is a broadcast journalist from Ghana. Special for her love for women development, she believes that being a woman doesn't hinder you from attaining any goal your heart desires. It is disheartening; she says, when I see many women especially in my profession give up on their dreams and aspirations. Only a few women are able to live their dreams and achieve their goals. We must create a paradigm shift, by making sure more and more women are gradually conscious of the fact that they too can dream and live their dreams. I asked her the source of her great passion and she said “Well, I'm particular about women because I am a woman and I get so agitated when I see female folks sidelined all because they…
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The Lawyer for Diversity

The Lawyer for Diversity

Labophilani Kometsi Nthona is a lawyer and mediator by profession. She is a mother to the EbaPhuthi children and learned Isiphuthi; her local dialect at the age of 24, with the intentions of passing the language on to her kids. She is also a member of Libadla le baPhuthi; a registered NGO whose main objective is to highlight the cultural diversity of Lesotho. Libadla has been negotiating with the Government of Lesotho since 1966 on the recognition and inclusion of EbaPhuthi in issues of language and chieftaincy. She has established the women's branch and encouraged EbaPhuthi women to resuscitate their culture and dress. Through her advocacy skills she has held public gatherings to create awareness of the minority ethnic groups in Lesotho. She also uses social media as a platform…
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Claudia Rivas

Claudia Rivas

Meet Claudia Rivas the young lady that never gives up. All her life, she has tried to go for bigger objectives. She took to engineering, a male dominated profession, where she worked hard to build a successful career. Then she also was chosen champion for change by Empower Women and just recently, she got this scholarship to study in China. The scholarship took about 2 years of preparation but she didn’t give up in spite of people telling her it was impossible. Against popular perception, Claudia says her scholarship was complete product of hard work and focus. Claudia Rivas is a native Spanish who she speaks English and Portuguese. She says “I feel myself as a global citizen, I enjoy traveling and would never get tired of that. I would…
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Fily: The Finest of Mali’s Youth

Fily: The Finest of Mali’s Youth

Today we spoke with Fily Keita, a visionary 23 year old, a true amazon working with rural women on grass-root agriculture. SheLEAPS: Welcome Fily Keita, l am so pleased to meet you. Will you introduce yourself to the tribe? Who is Fily Keita? Fily Keita: Fily Keita is a graduate from the Faculty of Letters,Languages and Science of Language (FLSL) of the University of Bamako.She is an aspiring Social Entrepreneur who is passionate about rural development.That's why, she is working on a social venture (Agrowomen) which aims at empowering and supporting Rural Women through agriculture (Sesame exploitation). She is also working on a project which aims at creating an organization to support rural Girls Education. An active member of PYAfrica Mali, she is an active member of EPC(English Practice Club)…
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Leave Her Alone

Dear Men, when a woman says, "leave me alone!" OR "I want to be alone", just leave her alone. No matter how much she adores you, no matter how much charm you think you have over her, no matter how excellent your intentions are at that moment, no matter how much physical power you have to restrain her or persist, no matter how good you are with words or managing people, no matter how much you think you know or understand her...once a woman speaks those words to you, cease immediately and depart from her if possible. You know why? Three things can happen in that instance: 1. The quarrel could proceed to a permanent irreversible damage. 2. A physical fight can(will) ensue with the man being guilty of intimate…
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Building Intellectual Capacity

Building Intellectual Capacity

approach to situations and circumstances. Everyday will pose a new set of challenges specifically to you as a woman and to humanity in general. Withdrawing into a penumbra of despair places a glass ceiling on your creativity and critical thinking, regardless of the results of your IQ test. Raising above every day challenges, require that you need build your intellectual capacity. To amass a high level mental horse power, you must believe you are more than your looks portray and greater than your present circumstances detect. You must arise and place a demand on your mind; knowing assuredly that every solution begins with minute blurry thoughts that culminate into ideas, clear as crystal. An understanding that your mind is in a perpetual state of minting thoughts that eventually become best…
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STEM Girls Rock

STEM Girls Rock

As I attempt to pry into todays privation of women in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), memories of the only girl in class during my Diploma days arise. Acing courses like FORTRAN, even the best compliment I ever got had a disparaging over-tune. Daily abridging the full participation of women in STEM related professions, such vilifying stereotypes along with more intricate issues, like the portrayal of women scientist as a special interest group rather than a professional network, have instead of stimulate an innovation ecosystem, broken the link between human dignity and self-actualisation and affected the bottom line (women’s economic empowerment). As social entrepreneur and United Nations Global Champion for Women’s Economic Empowerment at Empower Women, my quotidian vocation stimulates a strong conviction that all is…
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Life’s Marathon

Life’s Marathon

Life is a race, or so they say. For some it seems a sprint, for other a relay, and yet for others, life seems an endless marathon with no stops, no breaks and a finish line that lies somewhere in the horizons of your mind. She was quite young at the time, and like the few girls who had the privilege of getting a formal education in her community, she was basking with hope. The hope to come out of school, build a career and one day walk down the isle, adorned in a sparkling white tube dress, the choir singing her favorite hymn, and her Prince also wearing a black suit over a white shirt and a bow tie as red as the petals of a rose eagerly await…
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Perception Matters

Perception Matters

With the days of Machiavelli long behind us, society has construed a stereotyped representation of power and leadership. Thinking power is amoral and any means however unscrupulous can justifiably be used in achieving political power is be to mildly explain it. The opinion of leaders as shroud and political office holders as heartless bull dogs, willing and able to tear down every opposition has done no good to the perceived suitability of women for leadership roles at all levels. Women undeniably have stronger emotions and greater feelings for family than men. But does that translate into weakness? Are women more or less likely to set goals, pursue their goals and smell the sweet scene of accomplishment? Does women's strong affinity for other women, children and family make them more or…
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