Anya Thakur: My UN Women campaign to educate and empower girls is the first to be launched by an Indian teen. I’m incredibly grateful for the overwhelming messages of support I have received and the opportunities I’ve been given and have been able to create for under-served girls worldwide.
Celebrating the holidays with my @unwomen family and turning my wishes and aspirations into real-world change!
As a @metowe and @wemovement partner, I’m planning to support homeless women in my community through collecting sanitary napkins, blankets and other products to help them feel more comfortable this winter.
During my stay at Mandalay Bay and growing up, I have striven to be aware what I could do to make a difference. From volunteering on LA’s Skid Row and requesting local bakeries to donate food to the homeless, I had incredible conversations that broadened my views at a young age right in my hometown nestled in the Golden Coast and requested the same from the kitchens at my hotel.
This is precisely why my work is so important to me — to create opportunities for women and girls and promote UN Women’s mission to empower women and eradicate these inequalities.
ShePower, a global organization I founded in partnership with MetoWe, gives these women access to resources and opportunities, and is a voice of change working to empower women and young girls in my community and globally, whether through access to education and sanitary products in impoverished and isolated parts of India or through art and enrichment for young women in need in Plano and Frisco. I work to spark discussions for and about the advocacy of girls and teens, empower them to recognize and take pride in their worth as women, and forge connections and friendships with fellow leaders. We together stand for representation and equality for women, lobbying for important issues and elevating and uplifting ourselves and women everywhere.
I hope that people are motivated to share their stories and fight for the rights they deserve and that those of us with these opportunities develop a global perspective and realize the potential we have to make an indelible impact in communities worldwide through girls’ education.
Whether through community involvement or aid across the globe, you can empower women and girls in underserved communities this holiday.
“Each UN Women NC Australia Charity card represents a donation that goes straight into UN Women programs working to empower women and girls across the globe.
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