Five Young Women Changing the World   

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Nombika Secondary School and Hloniphani Secondary School out in Ndwedwe.
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Waterloo Primary School in Verulam
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Five Young Women Changing the World   

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At Subz Pads, we believe it is important to support and educate women. We’re also inspired by the work we see women doing in their communities; these young women are changing the world one step at a time. They’ve achieved more than what’s expected of them at their age and we’re big fans. Here’s how they’re doing their part to create positive change.

1. Malala Yousafzai

If you haven’t heard of Malala Yousafzai, you better hop on Google! Malala is a female education activist and was the youngest Nobel Prize Laureate. When the Taliban moved into the Swat Valley of Pakistan, Malala’s home, she started blogging for the BBC. As she rose to prominence, she became a target by the Taliban and was later shot by a gunman. After recovering, she became a predominate voice for the education of women. Her accomplishments are too long to list, but today she travels the world meeting foreign dignitaries and advocating for women’s rights. You can donate to Malala’s cause here: https://www.malala.org/malalas-story

2. Alice Brooks

As a child, Alice Brooks’ father bought her a saw, and taught her how to make her toys. Imagine expecting something from Toys R Us and receiving a saw instead! Alice would go on to get a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford. While at Stanford she noticed a huge disparity in the amount of women within STEM. She decided to create Roominate, a toy company that specializes in creating toys for girls with parts that can be wired together to create elevators, merry go rounds, and windmills. Find her toys at: http://www.playmonster.com/k/roominate-alice-brooks

3. Marley Dias

Marley Dias was only 11 years old when she started making positive change. She realized the books she read in school didn’t have many African-American characters. As Marley says “they were all about white boys and their dogs.” In November 2015, Marley launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign which was designed to identify and collect 1000 books that featured a black girl as the main character. Today she has collected over 9000 books and is currently writing her own book. Check out Marley’s Twitter to see what she’s up to:  https://twitter.com/iammarleydias?lang=en

4. Lina Khalifeh

After a close friend was physically assaulted, Lina Khalifeh opened SheFighter in 2010. SheFighter is the first gym in Jordan to provide self-defense training for women and has helped over 10,000 women learn to protect themselves. In 2015, Lina was recognized by Barack Obama during his speech on Global Entrepreneurship at the White House. Today Lina is working to grow SheFighter across the Middle-East and internationally. Learn more about SheFighter here: https://www.shefighter.com/

5. Aliçia Raimundo

From the age of 13, Aliçia Raimundo struggled with mental health issues. Today she teaches young people how to be superheroes and fight their mental illness. Aliçia has spoken at TEDx, was a keynote speaker at the UN International Youth Day, and has published work which has helped to shape the Canadian school curriculum. Aliçia also sits on multiple boards and youth councils specializing in promoting mental health initiatives. Follow her current projects at: http://aliciaraimundo.com/current-projects/