POSITIVE ROLE MODELS TO FOLLOW

ACTIVISTS

YEONMI PARK

Yeonmi Park is a human rights activist. In 2007 Yeonmi and her mother defected from North Korea, finding asylum in South Korea. Since then she has spoken out against the brutal communist regime in North Korea. Her memoir, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom, was published in 2015.

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LEYMAH GBOWEE

Leymah is a Liberian peace activist responsible for leading a women’s nonviolent peace movement, Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. She was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent struggle for the safety of women.

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TUNGGAL PAWESTRI

Tunggal Pawestri is a prominent women’s rights activist in Indonesia. She works as an independent consultant for different institutions on gender, human rights and SRHR issues. She regularly writes op-eds mainly on women’s rights issues for different media outlets.

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NIMCO ALI

Nimco is a British Somali feminist and social activist. She is co-founder of Daughters of Eve, a survivor-led organisation which has helped to transform the approach to ending FGM. She is an ambassador for MAKERS, a women's leadership platform that highlights the stories of ground-breaking women.

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GLORIA STEINEM

Gloria is a acclaimed journalist, trailblazing feminist, and one of the most visible, passionate leaders and spokeswomen of the women’s rights movement in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. An award-winning writer, Steinem has authored several books, including best-selling My Life on the Road.

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MICHELLE OBAMA

Michelle Obama is a lawyer, writer, and the first African-American First Lady of the United States. Through her four main initiatives, she became a role model for women and an advocate for healthy families and higher education. Photo: Michelle Obama, CC BY-SA 4.0

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NAMITA BHANDARE

Namita is a Delhi-based award-winning journalist and columnist. She frequently writes on gender and other social issues for her fortnightly column with the Hindustan Times. She has edited books and features in a documentary on sexual violence.

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SEYI AKIWOWO

Seyi is the Founder and CEO of Glitch, an award-winning UK charity committed to ending online abuse by educating people, tech companies and governments on how they can engage positively in all digital spaces and make the online space safer for everyone. 

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GLORIA FELDT

Gloria Feldt is a The New York Times best-selling author, speaker, commentator, and feminist leader who has gained national recognition as a social and political advocate of women’s rights. She is an acclaimed expert on women, power, and leadership.

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DOMENIQUE

FRAGALE

Actress (HBO's 'The Nevers', Amazon Prime 'My Best Friend's Famous'), Exec Producer (DBK Studios, most recently in association with Sky Arts), BBC Radio Presenter, Award Holder and Ambassador for The Diana Award Against Bullying and MQ Mental Health.

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CASAR JACOBSON

Casar Jacobson is a disability and gender equality rights activist and UN Women Youth Champion. Having lost her hearing in both ears, Jacobson is profoundly deaf. Casar is Former Miss Canada, Miss Global Peace and Deaf International Entrepreneur. She was the winner of Miss Canada Globe 2012/2013.

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GINA MARTIN

Gina Martin is a British political activist and author. She is known for her campaign to make upskirting illegal in England and Wales, which led to the 2019 Voyeurism (Offences) Act. She went on to publish a book, Be The Change: A Toolkit for the Activist in You.

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WADE DAVIS

Former NFL player Wade Davis is a thought leader, writer, public speaker, and educator on gender, race, and orientation equality. In 2012, Wade became the Executive Director of the You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ending discrimination, sexism, and homophobia in sports.

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YARA SHAHIDI

Yara Shahidi is an American actress, model, and activist. Yara Shahidi Has a Simple Goal: Empower a Generation of Activists. She has become an unofficial spokeswoman for the younger generation eager to get involved in politics and social justice.

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ADWOA ABOAH

Adwoa Aboah is a model, activist and an ambassador for diversity in fashion with the British Fashion Council. After her own personal struggles with sobriety and a concern over the lack of mental-health resources for young women, in 2017 Aboah launched an organisation for young women called Gurls Talk.

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MALALA YOUSAFZAI

Malala is an activist for female education. As a girl, Malala defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 but survived. In 2014, she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

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EMMA WATSON

Emma Watson is an English actress, model and activist. She is best known for her portrayal of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film franchise. In recent years she has focused on feminist activism, most notably as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the HeForShe campaign. Photo: Georges Biard, CC BY-SA 3.0

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LLIANA BIRD

Lliana Bird is a British radio presenter, writer, actor, and co-founder of Choose Love and The Kindly Collective. Choose Love provides humanitarian aid to, and advocacy for, refugees around the world. In 2016, it became the largest grassroots distributor of aid in Europe.

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GRETA THUNBERG

Greta is a Swedish teenage environmental activist on climate change whose campaigning has gained international recognition. Age 15, she began spending her school days outside the Swedish parliament holding up a sign saying (in Swedish) “School strike for climate”. Photo by Anders Hellberg.

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CAMERON RUSSELL

Cameron is an American fashion model and activist. Russell contributed to the #MeToo campaign by reaching out to other models and friends, and asking for their experiences with harassment and exploitation, which she shared anonymously. She now campaigns heavily for climate justice.

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THE CONFIDENCE

CORNER

The Confidence Corner, founded by Callie Thorpe, focuses on having confidence in all walks of life, whether that be in your own skin, your career or even in your health. They also have a podcast dedicated to talking about important issues such as mental health and body image.

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JAMEELA JAMIL

Jameela is an actor, activist and founder of the body positivity Instagram movement 'I Weigh'. She noticed a toxic trend of pop-culture media judging women by their size, and took it upon herself to flip the script and measure women by the weight that really matters - that of their accomplishments.

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NADIA MURAD

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia is a leading advocate for survivors of genocide and sexual violence. Murad is the founder of Nadia’s Initiative, an organisation dedicated to helping people victimized by genocide, mass atrocities, and human trafficking to rebuild their lives.

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SHANNON FISHER

Shannon is a human rights and women’s rights advocate. As host of Our Lives with Shannon Fisher, she interviews civic leaders, scholars, and everyday people to highlight the perspectives they bring to their work. She also co-hosts the National Press Club’s Update-1 Podcast.

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THE SIS

Floli and Emma are public academics, human rights advocates, gender-based violence researchers and internationally renowned scholars in feminist jurisprudence and legal philosophy. Their mission is to make the world a safer place for women by making accessible their research on social media. 

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HAMDIA AHMED

Hamdia is a former refugee. She spent the first seven years of her life in a refugee camp. She is a social justice activist who fights for equality. She is also a graduate student and has spoken at places like the United Nations to advocate for refugees and children.

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MIKA SIMMONS

Mika is a British actress, film-maker and podcaster, who is known for The Happy Vagina, a podcast that celebrates women's health and bodies. Mika also started the Lady Garden Foundation, which aims to raise awareness of gynecological cancers and fund research into treatments.

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LADY PHYLL

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah is a stalwart of the LGBTQ+ community, both as the co-founder of UK Black Pride and the Kaleidoscope Trust - an international charity working to advance human rights for LGBTQ+ people around the world. She wants to help workplaces understand the importance of intersectionality.

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LEYLA ACAROGLU

Leyla challenges people to think differently about how the world is designed and works. Through her ‘Disruptive Design Method’ she’s helping drive positive social and environmental change by overhauling businesses' approach to sustainability.

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KATIE JAGIELNICKA

Katie Jgln is a Polish writer, satirist and activist currently based in London, UK. Her work focuses on a wide range of issues, including women’s rights, economic justice, climate change, xenophobia and religious freedom.

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ALYSSA BELTEMPO

Alyssa uses social media to share her passion for creating a more curated, sustainable, slow fashion closet through minimalism, smart styling, conscious shopping.

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EMILY MORISON

Emily Morison is a disabled activist, accessibility champion and mental health advocate. She encourages and inspires change in approaches to accessibility for individuals, companies and the media.

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MARGREEN

Margarita, known as 'MarGreen', creates content with the aim of shining a light on environmental solutions, technological advancements, and inspiring people who are out there changing our planet and environment for the better.

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GINA MILLER

Gina rose to fame with her legal case to defend Parliament’s sovereignty, arguing that the British Government could not start the formal process of the UK leaving the EU without seeking approval from Parliament. She won what was considered to be the most important constitutional cases for hundreds of years.

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