On July 3rd, we hosted Empowering Young Women through Leadership #EYWTL, a networking event that targeted young women and girls ages 13 to 25. The purpose of the event was to inspire, encourage and support women and girls into pursuing careers that involve leadership.
We decided to tackle the stigmas associated with women leaders by inviting influential speakers, public figures and leaders, predominantly women, from all walks of life who champion their jobs every day. It was very important for us to host an event like this because we truly believe this conversation is one long overdue. Often times Women and Girls are not encouraged to strive for success like their male counterparts in educational environments and in the workplace. Similarly, our women and girls are not exposed or given a variety of career options. Studies have found time and time again that this is harmful. The reality is, unconscious gender bias is very much alive.
Since starting Horn of Hope, both Yasmeen and I have encountered many women and girls who say, "it is refreshing to see young women involved in the community!". I believe we hear this a lot because it's rare to see girls using a platform to both promote and educate individuals on equality. Did you know, "Women play critical roles in society, make the majority of purchasing decisions, and make up just over 40% of U.S. heads of households"? Yet only a handful of women are appointed leaders or given positions of power throughout industries, companies and government.
There is no doubt that inequality exists, but as youth we believe we can work together to close this gap. #EYWTL not only allowed us to bring together women and girls, but we grabbed the attentions of men and boys who supported the event and participated in the conversation.
If you could not attend, don't worry! Watch a short clip highlighting #EYWTL below (:
Our wonderful speakers are listed below from Left to Right: Group, Souls of Promise: Ekram, Sawda and Ardo. Sarah Naguib, Founder of Laptops for Egypt. Sandra Brogdon, creator of Role Model magazine. Anisa Liban, co-founder of Horn of Hope. Shadia Jallaq, Events Manager OSU, Dr. Maysaa Elsayyid
We want to thank everyone who came out! Share this post, we #Hope we've left many of you inspired.
Videography- Aafi Hassan CallMeAafi -Twitter / Photography captured by Faduma Hasan @spokendamsel