By Inara Hossain
Our world has been more fractured than ever before. 2020 so far has been a bit of a mess, to say the least, from raging bushfires to the COVID-19 outbreak and the tragic death of George Floyd. During these challenging times, we’ve seen the capability of the good we can all do if we act together, but we’ve also seen devastating impacts of the denial of co-existence. While we try and stay calm by putting off what’s happening in 2020 as a one-time thing or something that’ll go away soon, we must understand that this isn’t just a one month or one-year thing, this is our future. There will likely be more bushfires and more diseases and more cases like Geoge Floyd.
This is the world that we inherit, the world that we get to shape and change. It is our collective duty to stand up for what we believe is right and protect our fellow people and planet. That doesn’t mean we have to wait till we’re older. The world is already broken and we can’t rely on the adults of this world to fix it for us, cause at the end of the day this is our future.
We will be talked down and told that we’re just girls and can’t cause any real change, and we will be downplayed for our achievements, but if we all stand together as one and fight for justice and equality, I believe that we can change the world. There are already countless other strong female leaders fighting and creating change and if we all take a stand, the numbers would become limitless. So instead of wishing someone in the government or in another top position will create change for us, we need to realise that we create change. We are not alone in this, and this goal for the elimination of injustice is not impossible. Here are just five from the countless amount of young female leaders already changing the world.
Nupol Kiazolu - America
Kiazolu is the president of the Youth Coalition for Black Lives Matter of Greater New York and has spoken out and raised her voice to combat a large range of issues such as gun violence and racial injustice.
Madeline Diamond - Australia
Diamond is the founder of a youth-led group named Trask Gather that picks up garbage around Canberra. She is also the executive officer of the organisation SEE-Change, that encourages people in Canberra to live sustainably.
Sekela Mwaipaja - Tanzania
Mwaipaja has dedicated her time to painting women who are changing lives. She paints women doing things like sailing boats and carrying wood to show their strength and power.
Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui - UAE
Mazrui is the Minister of State for Youth Affairs in the United Arab Emirates. In February 2016 she became the youngest government minister in the world.
Sophie Cruz - America
Cruz met Pope Francis when she was 8 in hopes of convincing him to help and make sure her parents wouldn’t be deported. Not only did she succeed in talking to Pope Francis but Pope Francis then brought the issue up in congress. Through her dedication, she has become a political icon for immigration activists.