Simone Veil, a great lady has passed

On June 30th 2017, a great lady passed away. Her name was Simone Veil. What still remains though is her legacy. A legacy we should respect and keep fighting for, because  it should absolutely not be taken for granted! Simone Veil was born in 1927 in Nice, France (she was born Simone Jacob). As her…

From war fields to ballet

Michaela DePrince started her life as rough as it could be. Born in Sierra Leone, war made her an orphan. As if it wasn’t enough, she used to be called a ‘devil’s child’ because of her skin condition causing depigmentation. But the chance and talent fairies hadn’t forgotten about her… After the death of her…

The new Rosa Parks?

Who has never heard of Rosa Parks?! An African-American woman whose courage has helped abolish segregation in the United States. She was a civil rights activist whom the United States Congress called “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”. On December 1st, 1955, she sat in a bus and…

Bernice Dapaah & her bamboo bikes

“I think we should teach people how to fish rather than giving them fish.” Bernice Dapaah Bernice Dapaah grew up under harsh conditions in Ghana. After her mother got an accident, she had to support her siblings, in a country where things are already tough for children.But her difficult childhood has always been a strong…

Ruqia Hassan Mohammed

In September 2015, Ruqia Hassan Mohammed was killed by Isis. This young Syrian Kurd woman, born in 1985, was an activist and citizen journalist. She has been captured and killed for her outspoken posts on social media. According to a member of Syria’s most prominent anti-Isis resistance group, her voice was not only silenced, but also…

Theresa Kachindamoto, the ‘terminator of child marriages’

Malawi is unfortunately the country with the highest rate of child marriages: 50% of the little girls are married before the age of 18. A number that makes you dizzy and that should make everyone angry! And that is exactly how Theresa Kachindamoto feels about this. More than feeling revolted, she has started a fierce…

Mama Kouyaté & The Wamdé

In December 1995, when I was only 12, I had the chance to travel to Burkina Faso and Benin with about 60 other children. We travelled a week long, from one village to the other, to donate school stuff. It was a unique experience, the chance of a lifetime! It probably changed me and helped…