Human Rights Forum: Female Voices, Justice, And Hope

Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
10 – 11 am (Central)

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In celebration of Women’s History month, CGS-Minnesota presents this uplifting program featuring women and girls dedicated to empowering women to achieve their full potential. Speakers include:

Melissa Nambangi is recognized as a community leader through her strong advocacy on behalf of African women. Originally from Cameroon, she speaks French and English fluently and understands the struggles that African females face in acculturating to American society. She was a renowned journalist/news anchor on Cameroonian television and a Hubert Humphrey International Fellow at the U. of M. She earned her Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and Journalism with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Minnesota. After serving as a Women’s Advocate in shelters for victims of domestic violence around the Twin Cities, she created the Minnesota African Women’s Association, MAWA, in 2002. 

Javaria Tareen is a Communications Specialist, Journalist, Legal Expert and Social Activist from Balochistan Pakistan. She has Master’s Degree in Mass Communication, International Relations and, is also a Law graduate. She is also a recipient of 3 Fulbright scholarships. Currently CEO of the BIRD, and serves on several significant official Pakistan government Task Forces and Agencies, such as Technical Advisor to Chief Minister Balochistan, Chairperson of Trade Corporation of Pakistan, Balochistan Programme Coordinator for the Prime Minister’s Task Force on the Knowledge-Economy 

Coco Leonard is a high school junior and the co-founder of the nonprofit Dynamic Champions of Sisterhood nonprofit, which strives to foster girls to be the empowered leaders of our future and to change how they feel about themselves so that we can solve the issues of today. Coco has been a Youth in Government’s Model Assembly appoint official for three consecutive years, and participating in Model United Nations for three years. 

Sunny Leonard is a young activist who is passionate about women’s empowerment, the environment, and mental health issues. She is co-founder of the nonprofit Dynamic Champions of Sisterhood nonprofit, a virtual book club that empowers girls to change the world. 

Daisy Leonard is co-founder of the Dynamic Champions of Sisterhood nonprofit and holds leadership positions involved in human rights, activism, interfaith, and female empowerment. Her ultimate goal is to empower young girls worldwide to have the skills, confidence, and ability to join the world’s conversations and create a long-term impact in their own communities. Daisy speaks English and Chinese.