THE Girl Up leadership summit is back for another year, bringing with it a series of speeches about female empowerment.
As usual, the line-up is packed with inspiring and courageous female voices. Here’s who you can expect to hear from…
What is the Girl Up leadership summit?
Girl Up is a not-for-profit leadership association that aims to unite and empower young women across the world to fight for equality in wages, rights and living standards.
The organisation has worked with 65,000 girls via 3,500 clubs in nearly 120 countries.
Every year, the organisation holds a summit with high-profile speakers discussing issues of gender and equality.
This year there are several exciting keynote speakers.
Who is speaking at the Girl Up summit?
Amina J. Mohammed
Mohammed is a Nigerian diplomat and the fifth Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
She was previously Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Mohammed joined the United Nations in 2012 as Special Adviser to former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and has advocated for sustainable development.
Malala is a young woman from Pakistan who has been a long-term advocate for females to receive an education.
She attracted worldwide attention after a New York Times documentary focused on her life, and became the world’s youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
She was targeted with death threats, including by the Taliban, for speaking out. Then on October 9, 2012, Malala, then 15, was shot in the head by a masked gunman.
A campaign to support Yousafzai spread across the world, using the phrase “I am Malala”.
She is now an advocate for girls’ education across the world.
Mbatha, is a South African actress, television personality, businesswoman.
She hosts a reality travel show starred in the 2021 movie Coming 2 America.
Mbatha was a UNCHR ambassador and spent time touring Kenyan refugee camps.
In January 2019, she was appointed a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
Vanessa Nakate is a Ugandan climate justice activist.
She is the founder of the climate action groups Youth for Future Africa and the Rise Up Movement.
As well as spearheading the campaign to save Congo’s rainforest, Nakate is campaigning for the installation of solar and institutional stoves in schools.
Ridhima Pandey is an 13-year-old climate activist – leading her to be compared to Greta Thunberg.
She was featured on the BBC’s list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2020.
With 15 other child petitioners, Ridhima filed a lawsuit against several nations’ failure to take action against the climate crisis.
Menaka Guruswamy is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India.
She was included in Times Magazine’s 2019 list of 100 most influential people and has advised the United Nations Development Fund, Unicef and Unicef South Sudan on International Human Rights Law .
Guruswamy has also taught at the New York University School of Law, and practiced law for the Office of the Attorney General of India.
Gitanjali Rao is a young inventor, author and scientist.
She was recognised on Forbes 30 Under 30 for her innovations and was selected as TIME’s first ever Kid of the Year.
Aged 10, she created a device called Tethys which could send water quality information via Bluetooth.
She has since developed an app named “Kindly” that uses artificial intelligence to detect cyberbullying at an early stage.
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