Dear friends, 

Thank you for joining me again this week and if you’re a new subscriber – welcome! This week I write to you from Annecy. 🇫🇷

Women & The World is a newsletter powered by Love; love for meaningful connection, love for progress and celebration, and love that sheds light on the beautiful things happening in our world. Combine this love with a Hope to inspire, and that's how my weekly message to you begins.
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Something Informative

We could all use a healthy dose of optimism, so let's see what was good in the world last week.

👁Indian schoolgirl wins bravery award for thwarting sex trafficker: You are never too young to demonstrate life-saving bravery–and that was exactly the case with Carolyn Malsawmtluangi, an Indian schoolgirl. Malsawmtluangi was honoured by the government on India's Republic Day last week for "showing exemplary courage" after she stopped a human trafficker who had kidnapped a seven-year-old girl from a neighbouring village. Malsawmtluangi, 11, first spotted the trafficker when playing volleyball with friends in June last year but assumed they were a mother and daughter, and even asked if the young girl wanted to join their game. But after police raised the alarm over a trafficker the next day, Malsawmtluangi soon spotted the woman again and began talking to her before agreeing to take care of the girl while the woman ran an errand. It was then that both girls escaped - Malsawmtluangi carrying the child on her shoulders and running home while avoiding stones hurled by the angry trafficker. Full Story 

✊🏾One young activist shared a powerful message at Davos on women of colour: This year marked the 50th anniversary of the World Economic Forum’s flagship meeting of the world’s business and political elites in Davos, Switzerland. The meeting brought together big personalities including Greta Thunberg and Angela Merkel. Among the many interesting panels and people there were, one in particular stood out that hosted 13-year old Naoimi Wadler (if you’re not following her yet on Twitter then change that right now!!), an American gun control activist who explained why it’s so important to lift the voices of women of colour. She stated: “When we look on the news, we see the white kids who are making a difference. But then we see some of the same black and brown kids, who are saying the exact same thing and are not getting any attention for it. The media does a great job at glorifying white privileged kids and putting these kids at the center of every movement. I’ve met so many black and brown girls who have experienced and who have had to duck from bullets to get to school. There are so many young girls and women of colour who have been working their entire lives fighting for their voices to be heard knowing that they don’t have an equal chance at gaining that attention, yet they still continue.” And when asked how we can go about fixing the problem, she said: “I think we can go about raising awareness. And we can stop being so comfortable in the way we look at things. When we think of somebody who is successful, educated–when I say those words, you might think of a white person (male)–but maybe we can start thinking of other people.” Full Story

🌱With just a knock on the door, women in Egypt aim to turn families greener: Egypt has been stepping up efforts to preserve its environment and address climate change. Just this month, the Egyptian Ministry of Environment and the state-run National Council for Women launched a new programme to raise awareness about environmental issues in Egyptian families. With a million Egyptian pounds ($63,000) in funding, the programme aims to reach a million women in three cities - greater Cairo, Giza and Fayoum - and could be expanded to other cities in coming years, officials say. Carried out by 400 women leaders chosen from the three project areas, it relies on women who are visited at home sharing what they’ve learned with others in their communities, and with younger generations.“We believe that women are the gateways to change any behaviour inside the families. That is why we go to them and talk about the environment, believing that this information will get through the whole family,” Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad said. What women do at home, and what they know, has “direct effect on the environment and climate change,” she said. Full Story 

Something Practical

A few opportunities and projects that caught my eye.


Government // Milan // Project manager at British Consulate - Details 
Marketing // Milan // Copywriter at Caffeina - Details 
Internet // Milan // Software engineering intern at Bending Spoons - Details 
Higher Ed // Milan // Event planner at Bocconi Uni - Details 
NGO // Milan // Community engagement at ActionAid - Details
Internet // Milan // Localization editor at Facebook - Details 
Marketing // Milan // Associate at Deliveroo - Details 
Internet // Turin // Sales manager at Talent Garden - Details


Media // London // Editor at VICE - Details 
NGO // London // Media at Save the Children Int. - Details 
Retail // London // Personal assistant at Harrods - Details 
Media // London // Operations lead at #IAmRemarkable Google - Details 
Journalism // London // News editor at Al Jazeera - Details 


Internet // Atlanta // Project management intern at Mailchimp - Details 
Hospitality // NYC // Creative project manager at The Wing - Details 
Marketing // Beaverton // HR intern at Nike - Details 
NGO // Atlanta // Coordinator at American Cancer Society - Details 
Fashion // Carlsbad // Business analyst at Adidas - Details 
Marketing // Los Angeles // Social media at Spotify - Details 

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Something Fun

for your eyes, heart, and mind. 

👟What being a hijabi runner taught one woman about adversity and running safety.

🎶The Oscars will feature a female orchestra conductor, Eímear Noone, for the first time. Fun fact: Noone was the first woman to conduct at Dublin’s National Concert Hall, and for four years she conducted the Dublin City Concert Orchestra, an ensemble she founded at 21 for the performance of film music. A frequent conductor of Video Games Live, she is widely considered the world’s premier conductor of video game scores.
👾And speaking of video games...An Afghan girl hero is the star of this new game from an all-female team of coders. Leila Azizi, one of its creators said: “We chose the main character as a princess because we wanted to show the abilities of girls and make people realise that girls can also be the saviours of their families and other people. Girls face challenges and can handle them well. We want to show that girls are capable of important and difficult tasks, and deserve equal rights. We want families to believe in their daughters and their abilities.” 

🎸The latest round of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductions were announced recently, and Whitney Houston is the only woman honoured, raising awareness of the strong gender imbalance in the representation of women inside this historic space of musicians. Here are 41 women that should be in the hall of fame that aren’t–the list includes Dolly Parton, Carole King, and Cyndi Lauper. 

🇩🇰 Danish-Kurdish author Sara Omar receives the literature prize De Golden Laurel for her novel "The Shadow Dancer." The recipient of the prize is selected by all Danish bookstores. Omar's novel tells the story of Frmesk, a girl born in Kurdistan who defies her father while in university by going without a headscarf and writing critical articles on women's rights.

🎀Barbie has come such a long way in the last decade–and just recently, they announced that the collection is expanding to include a doll with vitiligo and another without hair.

🚶Geneva is replacing men with women on half of the pedestrian-crossing signs across the Swiss city—and facing a fair bit of backlash over the decision. The new signs feature six different silhouettes of female figures, including a pregnant woman, a woman with a cane, a woman with an Afro, and two women holding hands. Notably, the figures wear both skirts and pants.

🎥For those who want to learn more about the ongoing conflict in Syria, its origins, its consequences, all from a gender sensitive lens: good news! You can now stream the Oscar-nominated documentary For Sama. Across five years of the brutal Syrian conflict, a young woman named Waad al-Kateab kept her camera rolling — while falling in love, getting married to one of the last doctors in Aleppo, becoming a mother as her city crumbled, and facing the impossible choice of whether to stay or go. Now, her family’s story of perseverance and survival as told in the documentary For Sama, has earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.

🧬10 women in science everyone should know. (I knew 4/10...Did any of you know all 10??!). 

📣Calling all young women with a passion for skateboarding and a powerful idea to get more girls on boards in Germany, Greece and the Netherlands! Skateistan and Women Win are excited to be teaming up to launch the first round of the ROLL Models program, supporting female leadership in skateboarding and inspiring the next generation of girls to be empowered, active and healthy. They’re currently seeking applications from young women (ages 18-30) who have an idea for a project that will use skateboarding to improve the physical and mental well-being of girls (ages 5-18) and promote gender equity. The ROLL Models program will be supported through Skateistan's Goodpush Alliance, and is a unique opportunity for women with a passion for skateboarding in Germany, Greece and the Netherlands to connect with and support each other.

🏈Katie Sowers is the first woman (and openly gay) to coach in a Super Bowl. Her goal: ‘Make sure I’m not the last.’

🧠Brain food: They say that when one door closes, another opens. Here’s my take: when one door closes, an infinite number of doors you could not have foreseen show themselves and, sometimes, you might even find the strength and motivation to build your own damn doors. 

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