Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Malala was only 11 years old when she started writing an anonymous diary about what life was like under Taliban rule. In excerpts that were published online, she wrote about not being able to go to school and her fears over an austere ban on education for girls.
Survivalist: Since then, she’s has survived an assassination attempt, won the Nobel Peace Prize and addressed the UN General Assembly. “When I survived the attack and woke up in the hospital, my mind was very, very clear, that this life is for a cause,” she says. “This is a second life, and it is given to me for something greater than what I was before.”
No Backing Down: Now, at the tender age of 19, Malala remains undeterred and says she will never stop fighting as an advocate for the education of girls and women. “There was a time when women activists asked men to stand up for their rights,” she said in one of her many inspiring speeches. “But this time, we will do it by ourselves.”
To-Do List: While she has had a remarkable childhood, she is also poised to become a promising adult, with lofty ambitions. “As our politicians are doing nothing for us, nothing for peace, nothing for education, I want to become prime minister of my country,” says Malala.
Actress & UN Women Goodwill Ambassador
If anyone could define what it means to be a woman now, it’s Emma Watson. Her claim to fame may be centred on her role as Hermoine Granger in the Harry Potter films, and she also stars as Belle in this month’s Beauty And The Beast movie, but this young lady is so much more than another pretty face.
Feminism Rules: Emma is singlehandedly changing the narrative of a woman’s role in the world with her work as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. “Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life, that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting,” says the English rose of her prestigious appointment.
Passion Project: Her of-the-moment rallying cry for gender equality at the United Nations back in 2014 not only spawned a viral YouTube video, which has garnered over seven million views, it spearheaded a movement aimed at getting men to champion gender parity with the HeForShe campaign. “The more I have spoken for feminism the more I have realised that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating,” says Emma. “This has to stop.”
Actress & Humanitarian
Meghan was the most Googled actress of 2016 thanks to her relationship with British royal, Prince Harry. But look beyond her love life and you’ll find a woman of worth.
Working Woman: The Suits star is a UN Women advocate, and focuses specifically on issues related to female political participation and leadership. “Women make up more than half of the world’s population and potential, so it is neither just nor practical for their voices, to go unheard at the highest levels of decision-making,” says the bi-racial beauty.
Agent of Change: Meghan has been vocal about the work she does offscreen, and is adamant that despite her fame, she always wanted to be someone who made a difference. “With fame comes opportunity, but it also includes responsibility – to advocate and share, to focus less on glass slippers and more on pushing through glass ceilings. And, if I’m lucky enough, to inspire.”
International Human Rights Lawyer
Amal Clooney’s work in the field of international law and activism is often overshadowed by her marriage to George Clooney, but the accomplished lawyer is making strides for marginalised people all over the world.
Legal Eagle: “If you are a lawyer, and you want to take on easier cases, you can prosecute traffic violations or something. You’d have a very high rate of success, and you probably could sleep more easily at night. But that’s not what drives me,” says the LebaneseBritish barrister of her decision to pursue human rights law.
High Profile: Amal has represented clients like Julian Assange and former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and was a senior advisor to Kofi Annan who was tasked with ending the violence and human rights violations in war-torn Syria. She insists her passion for her work is key to success. “People who are passionate are good at what they do. These emotions are a driving force, and I don’t think women should apologise for them any more than a man should,” she says.
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