Happy Birthday Malala Yousafzai!
Pakistani schoolgirl, global role model and world hero Malala Yousafzai has addressed the United Nations as part of her campaign to ensure free compulsory education for every child.
She marked her 16th birthday by delivering the speech on Friday at the UN headquarters in New York.
Taliban gunmen shot Malala on her school bus last October following her campaign for girls’ rights.
“I am here to speak up for the right of education of every child,” she said.
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. Nelson Mandela”
A tribute to an Angel of Mercy – Angelina Jolie – UN Goodwill Ambassador and recipient of the 2003 Citizen of the World Award. I’ve been wanting to do one honoring Angie’s humanitarian efforts and I finally did.
Thanks to all those wonderful AJ fans who have shared videos & pics that helped make this video montage possible.
Screaming Angie – YOU ROCK!!!
Music: Celine Dion “Prayer”
Fifteen-year-old Jack Andraka wins the top award at Intel ISEF 2012 for his creation of a new, non-invasive method to detect early-stage pancreatic cancer.
What an amazing guy! A role modeling ditto. Analysing a problem and then dedicating his time to find a solution! A pride for humanity!
Watch the video below to see what she has to say about building a culture of coding in Palestine, and ensuring that women get involved in the tech scene in Palestine.
Rasha Hussein is one of the Arab world’s women entrepreneurs to watch. She’s won “Most Innovative” in the Udacity HTML 5 Game Development Contest, for an augmented-reality mobile game called Coin Run, and is now launching a coding community in Ramallah.
Rasha Hussein is one of the Arab world’s women entrepreneurs to watch. The first time I met her, she was leading a room full of tech geeks towards the completion of the first Startup Weekend in Palestine, as one of the co-founders of Bazinga Ramallah.
She hasn’t stopped leading since. Last night, she won “Most Innovative” in the Udacity HTML 5 Game Development Contest, for an augmented-reality mobile game called Coin Run, which works like Google’s Ingress, asking players to run around their city and unlock specific locations to gain territory.
After graduating from Birzeit University this year, she’s continued her education online, taking courses on Udacity’s massive open online courseware platform. She’s now applied to Fast Forward, Palestine’s first tech startup accelerator, to continue developing to game, and is now pioneering a new coding meetup in Ramallah, starting with her female friends who code.
Dr.Vandana Shiva named by Forbes as one of the 7 most-influential women in the world. The article called Dr.Shiva a “leading thinker of our time,” and argues that women must be front and center in order to solve the issue of food security — “breaking the silence, speaking truth to power, exposing atrocities and reminding us that women’s rights are inherently connected to the future of our world.”
Dr. Shiva’s Web Site: http://www.vandanashiva.org/
Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Ann Johnson; April 4, 1928) is an American author and poet. She has published six autobiographies, five books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. She has received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings(1969), tells of her life up to the age of seventeen, and brought her international recognition and acclaim.
Angelou’s list of occupations includes pimp, prostitute, night-club dancer and performer, castmember of the opera Porgy and Bess, coordinator for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, author, journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the days of decolonization, and actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs. Since 1982, she has taught atWake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she holds the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies. She was active in the Civil Rights movement, and worked with both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Since the 1990s she has made around eighty appearances a year on the lecture circuit, something she continued into her eighties. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration, the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961.
With the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou was one of the first African American women who was able to publicly discuss her personal life. She is respected as a spokesperson of Black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of Black culture. Although attempts have been made to ban her books from some US libraries, her works are widely used in schools and universities worldwide. Angelou’s major works have been labeled as autobiographical fiction, but many critics have characterized them as autobiographies. She has made a deliberate attempt to challenge the common structure of the autobiography by critiquing, changing, and expanding the genre. Her books center on themes such as racism, identity, family, and travel. Angelou is best known for her autobiographies, but she is also an established poet, although her poems have received mixed reviews.