Young & Emerging Leaders

UDHR YouTube Competition

December 9, 2008

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Dec 10, 2008 - Feb 28, 2009

What Does Human Rights Mean to You?

On the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), share with the world your thoughts on what Human Rights mean to you. Make a short video expressing your opinion and post it as a response video on YouTube. The most creative and original video will be selected by a jury of peers.

Profile of a Young Ukrainian Activist: Olena Prykhodko

September 29, 2008

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Olena Prykhodko As the second in our series of Young Women's Learning Partnership profiles, WLP spoke with Olena Prykhodko of Ukraine. Ms. Prykhodko is a member of the Interregional Young Women Leaders Group, which unites girls and young women to promote principles of democracy, equality, and youth leadership in social and political life. She describes her greatest accomplishment as forming a group called the Kharkiv Regional Council of High School Students, which was able to bring youth opinions on child welfare policies to the highest national decision-making level. Ms. Prykhodko, as chair of the group, spoke at a meeting with the president and most senior members of regional and national administration, resulting in stricter policies controlling sales of alcohol and in the construction of free, open air sports areas.

Ms. Prykhodkho interviewed with WLP Program Associate, Siobhan Hayes, to discuss the possibilities for youth participation in politics.

YWLP Profile: Young Woman Entrepreneur Builds Own Business Selling Eco-Friendly Laundry Soap

February 26, 2008

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As part of our new Young Women's Learning Partnership program (YWLP), WLP will be profiling exceptional young women leaders. This month we spoke with Maggie Dawson, founder of Maggie's Pure Land Products. At the age of 29 Maggie is the head of a successful company that sells the dried fruit from the Chinese Soapberry tree as a natural, environmentally friendly alternative to laundry detergent.

Maggie first learned about the dried soap nuts when she was visiting a friend in Europe. Upon her return to the US, she tried to find and order them online. After doing extensive research on soap nuts, learning how they have been used for thousands of years, she teamed up with an experienced business partner who helped her locate suppliers of the soap nuts in Indonesia. She traveled there to meet with the suppliers, and while she was there met a woman artist, Ni Made Sriasih, in Bali who painted the cover for the soap nut box. She began contacting local stores and soon the soap nut packets were featured in nearly 800 natural food stores in the US and Canada.

WLP Program Focus: Young Women's Learning Partnership (YWLP) and International Women's Democracy Network (IWDN)

September 14, 2007

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Young Women's Learning Partnership (YWLP)

WLP's new Young Women's Learning Partnership program aims to empower young people to create a shared vision, to build consensus, strengthen their communication skills, and create action plans to address the issues that impact their lives. Currently Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women, WLP's leadership training manual which has been culturally adapted and translated into 17 languages is being adapted for young women and girls in Jordan and Bahrain.

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