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Young people are spearheading efforts and solutions to build a more inclusive and just world for us all. We explored this during our October Leap of Leadership event where we spoke with youth climate leaders about how they see power dynamics, intersectionality and maintaining hope in our approach to the climate crisis.
On December 8, within the campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (GBV), we’ll continue the conversation with youth activists and direct our attention to their fight for gender equality and safety. We'll learn about the challenges young activists face in their work against gender-based violence, from their engagement at the community level to their advocacy efforts at global policy spaces. Together we'll also reflect on our own activism and what we can learn from youth activists around the world.
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Hadiqa Bashir is the founder of Girls United for Human Rights. She works for the protection and promotion of girls’ rights in the tribal regions of Pakistan. Hadiqa raises awareness in communities about the negative effects of early and forced marriage through door-to-door visits and lobbies legislators and religious leaders against child marriage. She has won many international awards for her work as a youth leader.
Meghna Mehra is an author and an activist whose work revolves around women and LGBTQIA+ rights in India. She is the founder of the All India Queer Association, and her recent book "Mini Dictionary of the LGBTQIA+ Community" helps readers to navigate different definitions of various gender identities and sexual orientations. She has also written the books, "Marriage of Convenience" and "The Ghost from Revolutionary Past."
Sana Ahmad is a women and transgender rights activist from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, with a law degree focused on human rights. She has been working in the area of gender equality, gender-based violence, peace, sustainable development, women and transgender rights and youth engagement since 2017. Sana is a strategic advocacy expert who is committed to ensuring that marginalized voices are centered and reflected in today's society and decision-making processes.
The 90-minute meetup includes the usual combination of dynamic conversation, breakout groups, and practical tools.
The Leap of Leadership is Spring's free, monthly meet-up space that dives into exciting social justice topics and gives leaders a space to deepen their relationships with other changemakers around the world. Each session, we share perspectives and practical tools to help bridge the gap between the reality of today and the future we know is possible.