International Women's Day 2023
International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th every year to commemorate women’s achievements and raise awareness about the challenges that women continue to face worldwide. It is a day to celebrate the strength and resilience of women. We will highlight three young female role models who have positively impacted their communities and beyond.
Autumn Peltier is a young Canadian Indigenous water activist. She has been advocating for clean water since she was eight years old, and she has spoken at several international gatherings, including the United Nations General Assembly. Autumn is a member of the Wiikwemkoong First Nation in northern Ontario, and the Anishinabek Nation has appointed her as Chief Water Commissioner. She has received numerous awards for her advocacy, including the 2019 International Children’s Peace Prize. Autumn is an outspoken supporter of Indigenous rights and environmental justice.
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is a media entrepreneur and Muslim feminist. She founded the website MuslimGirl.com intending to challenge stereotypes and amplify Muslim women’s voices. Amani has also written a book about her experiences as a Muslim woman in America, and she has received numerous awards for her work, including inclusion on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. Amani strongly advocates for representation and inclusion, and she encourages others to use their platforms to effect positive change.
Marley Dias is a rising author and literacy advocate. She founded the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign, which collects and donates books featuring Black girl protagonists in order to promote diversity in children’s literature. Marley has also written a book about her experiences as a young activist and encourages other young people to use their voices for change. Marley has received numerous awards for her work, including being named to Time’s list of the 25 most influential teenagers. Marley is a strong advocate for representation and literacy, and she motivates others to take action to make the world a more inclusive and equitable place.
These three young women are making significant contributions to their respective fields and inspiring others to take action to effect positive change. They use their platforms and voices to advocate for important causes and to challenge stereotypes and inequalities. They remind us that anyone, regardless of age or background, can make a difference, and they inspire us all to use our own talents and resources to make the world a better place.