The 25th of November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Passionate about this cause Aminata Wurie (SDP) and Romy Wail (COSCA), are inviting you to participate in our 16 days of activism campaign against Gender-Based Violence which will run from the 25th of November- 10th of December 2016.
Romy Wakil, MA [Psych] MA [Couns] [COSCA] (left)
A qualified mental health counsellor and One Young World Ambassador, Romy has worked with survivors of gender based violence in varying contexts, mainly Scotland, Lebanon and Cyprus. Ethnically Lebanese and having grown up in Cyprus, she believes that collaboration amongst professionals from varying fields in diverse cultural contexts is prominent in driving forth the termination of violence against women and girls. She is interested in different cultural understandings and healing practices of trauma, qualitative research, human rights and the introspective power of the therapeutic alliance.
Aminata B. Wurie, BA [International Development Studies & Management] (right)
A public health advocate and One Young World Ambassador, born in Sierra Leone and raised around the globe in Zambia, Sudan, England, Ethiopia, Yemen, America, Italy, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Canada - Aminata had to learn over and over again how access to social services was never that simple. She believes in the importance of sustainable change being co-cultivated by community members and policy makers. In response to the Ebola epidemic, she returned home and co-founded The Survivor Dream Project - a local non-profit that provides psychosocial support and capacity building skills to survivors of trauma in Sierra Leone.
Her hope is to bridge the gap of social and health inequity & continue to advocate for the rights of women and the vulnerable groups.
How they met - One Young World 2016
Aminata [Sierra Leone Delegate] and Romy [Cyprus Delegate] met at the One Young World Summit 2016 which took place in Ottawa, Canada this September. Amidst the busy schedule of the summit, they both sat down for a quick coffee and realised they shared a passion for empowering women and girls. They hope this campaign will be the first of their many ventures, aiming to raise awareness on gender inequality, the importance of women's empowerment and mental health.