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Finding Purpose Through Service, Stewardship, and the Courage to Speak Up

Finding Purpose Through Service, Stewardship, and the Courage to Speak Up

Guest Post by Belinda Rose Young, MSPH, CPH “What took you years to learn, could take someone else minutes.” This is a quote that encompasses the principles of service and stewardship, which go hand-in-hand. Service includes the actions that you render onto others. While stewardship includes an element of responsibility – it focuses on the duty each person has to ensure that they use and manage their abilities and knowledge well. My parents have been great examples of service and stewardship in their professional and personal lives. Growing up, I was taught to find great joy in giving to others. Being from various Caribbean islands, my parents understood the need for community and what it takes for the entire community to advance – service. There is a famous song in Jamaica, where a lot of my family is from, called “No Man is an Island.” The beginning of the song starts like this: “No man is an island, no man stands alone Each man’s joy is joy to me...

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Empowering Girls and Fulfilling Their Human Rights is not a Choice, It’s our Responsibility

Empowering Girls and Fulfilling Their Human Rights is not a Choice, It’s our Responsibility

Guest post on International Day of the Girl Child by Shreya Mantha, Founder, Foundation for Girls; Founder and President, GirlUp Club, Providence Day School, Charlotte, NC The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges that girls face, to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. We are fortunate to be born and brought up in America where, to a large extent, there is a parity between boys and girls. However, there are parts of the world where girls go through a very tough time from birth to death just because they are a girl. I want to do everything I can do to help girls both in my backyard as well as around the world. We have to come together, partner, and leverage the great work that is already being done in this area and build on it. Empowering girls and fulling their human rights is not a choice, it is an obligation of our society and we must...

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Influencing Change: Advancing Women’s Voices Through the Political Process

Influencing Change: Advancing Women’s Voices Through the Political Process

Interview with Susan Markham, Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) [Editor’s Note: I first met Susan during in her previous role as Director of Women’s Political Participation at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), a time when the Global Girls Project was just a seedling of an idea. Still in the conceptual stages of the project, Susan helped refine my understanding of some of the challenges women face globally and the importance of women exercising their voice through the political process. I’m deeply indebted to her  for her wisdom and generosity in sharing her knowledge and experience with others.] (Sharon): In your role as Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, you oversee efforts to integrate gender equality and female empowerment into USAID’s policies, programs, and strategies. How do you achieve this and what role does gender equality and female empowerment play in ending poverty and promoting resilient, politically stable societies?  (Susan): We cannot achieve USAID’s mission of ending extreme...

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Service

Service

Guest Post by Abong Nganui-Fankam Growing up, one value that my parents instilled in me is to be of service and live a life of service. First of all, what does the word service means to me? When I think of the word service, the first thing that comes to my mind is to surrender myself for the good of others by using my unique talents to help those who need it and are waiting for it. When I meet with someone — whether in a glance, a word, smile or conversation, I reach out in love and compassion; I give them a piece of love, hope and happiness that will live forever be in their heart. Having answered the call of service to others has led me to know that service is at the heart of human experience and human relationships. I have also learned that it is not about me, but being a vessel that God can use to channel his love to others. When I look...

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