We are excited to celebrate International Women’s Day today!
In honour of International Women’s Day we have chosen 4 empowering women who inspire us in our fight against human trafficking
She wrote anonymously for a blog detailing her life and education under the Taliban in Swat for the BBC for years before being targeted and having to leave Swat and Pakistan. More recently, she addressed the UN on her 16th birthday, and launched the Malala Fund, which supports education for girls around the world.
She fights for education and did not give up even if she has been shot. She shows us the bravery to stand for your ideas and for equality even if it’s not easy. Nowadays she is still considering as a target, but remains a staunch advocate for her cause.
Livia Firth is the founder and creative director of Eco Age Ltd.
As an Oxfam Global Ambassador, she has travelled to Ethiopia, Kenya, Bangladesh and Zambia, connecting with the people at the beginning of the supply chain. She is also a founding member of Annie Lennox’s ‘The Circle’, a powerful women’s advocacy group.
Livia is a UN Leader of Change and has also been recognised with the UN Fashion 4 Development Award. In 2014, She was awarded the Rainforest Alliance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability and the Honorary Award of the National German Sustainability Foundation.
Julia Immonen founded SPORT for FREEDOM a charity which unites through the positive power of community and sport to bring freedom from human trafficking and modern day slavery.
Voted 12th out of Zest Magazine’s Top 20 most Inspirational Women in Sport Julia travels around the world championing Sport for Freedom and inspiring others to action. She was given the honour of being an Olympic Torchbearer for London 2012.
Julia is an inspirational, motivational speaker who has spoken at events held by GlaxoSmithKline, The Boodles, Mastercard, Alpha, Tour de France Fan Park and at the Council of Europe to name but a few. Post row, Julia became a published author and recently completed their charity’s Cycle for Freedom challenge
Emma Watson was appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in July 2014. The accomplished actor, humanitarian and recent graduate of Brown University will dedicate her efforts towards the empowerment of young women and will serve as an advocate for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign in promoting gender equality.
At just 24 years of age, Emma has already been involved in the promotion of girls’ education for several years and previously visited Bangladesh and Zambia as part of her humanitarian efforts. She has worked to promote fair trade and organic clothing and served as an ambassador for Camfed International, a movement to educate girls in rural Africa.