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March 8, 2022: International Women's Day!


Photo of Vanessa Nakate portrait taken outdoors in the sunshine.
Vanessa Nakate, Climate Activist

The Economist released a special edition e-newsletter this morning celebrating International Women's Day. They've begun a new feature called "By Invitation" and Malala Yousafzai is their first guest editor.


This is networking at its finest—when one powerful voice raises the powerful voices of others to a wider audience. Ms. Yousafzai's selection of contributors work in different but interconnected areas of reform.


The links in Ms. Yousafzai's article will take you to The Economist's larger article if you have a subscription. If you do not, I encourage you to look up these ladies on your preferred search engine to learn more about their efforts.


Ms. Yousafzai's article opens:


Young women want equal access to education. We want leaders to invest in our future. We also want our perspectives to inform the plans and policies that affect us. In honour of International Women’s Day, I’m excited to collaborate with The Economist to expand my work to amplify young women’s voices as By Invitation’s first guest editor.


I have invited four young women to each contribute a guest essay to By Invitation on issues that are deeply connected to girls’ education: conflict, climate, digital inclusion and discrimination. Freshta Karim, an Afghan women’s rights activist, writes about her experience fleeing her home and about the future for Afghanistan’s women and girls. Kiara Nirghin, an inventor from South Africa, considers how the pandemic has widened gender gaps in science and the value of getting more girls involved in technical subjects. TK Saccoh, an anti-colourism advocate from Sierra Leone, reflects on the ways in which racism and gender discrimination affect girls’ learning and how teachers can help. Vanessa Nakate, a climate activist from Uganda, calls for an inclusive approach to discussing, teaching and legislating on global environmental issues.


The world puts a lot of pressure on young women’s shoulders. We put pressure on ourselves to fight for our futures, too. Right now it feels like no one else will. But it is not girls’ sole responsibility to do so. We should all work together for a safer, more equal world. So despite the odds, we are trying our best. Will you?


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Our post features Vanessa Nakate because climate change is the catastrophe knocking at everyones' doors.


Watch Ms. Nakate's full keynote speech at Youth4Climate Pre-COP26, given September 29, 2021.


Read Ms. Nakate's Time Magazine article, "Vanessa Nakate Wants Climate Justice for Africa", October 28, 2021.


Climate justice for Africa is climate justice for the world. Climate justice for the Amazon is climate justice for the world. Every continent directly influences and nurtures every other continent.


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Related:


The Great Green Wall—a pan-African effort for sustainability and restoration.

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