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World Humanitarian Day - The Women That Saved The World
Melinda Gates is an incredible woman, in 2000 she worked together with her Husband and launched the Gates Foundation. You might have heard of him, he’s only the founder of Microsoft.
Melinda and Bill Gates purpose of the foundation is to globally enhance healthcare and reduce poverty, they have dedicated billions of dollars to reducing childhood deaths, developing vaccines and improving education.
Melinda has previously stood up and spoke out for woman around the world. In 2012, she promised $560 million toward improving access to contraception for women in third-world countries. Three years later, she announced that the Gates Foundation would invest $1.5 billion over five years to support childbirth, child health, family planning and nutrition in developing countries.
The couples work doesn’t stop there, The Giving Pledge was set up to persuade anyone with a billion dollars to fund good causes, because of them FOURTEEN billionaires have already promised to give away their fortunes.
Malala is a human rights activist and supporter of female education who strongly believes that every girl has the right to education. At the young age of 11, Malala published a blog online about her life in Swat Valley, a district in Pakistan where the local Taliban had banned girls from attending school. Malala’s story began to grow and she started appearing on television and in several publications.
Because she spoke out, in 2012 a Taliban gunman tried to take her life on her way home from school. Thankfully she survived and when she fully recovered, she safely relocated to the UK.
After the trauma she had been through, Malala furthered her activism with the release of her book “I Am Malala”. In 2014 she became the youngest person to ever receive a Nobel Peace Prize. Early this week Malala was accepted into Oxford to study philosophy, politics and economics. Congrats Girl!
Robyn Rihanna Fenty
Rihanna may be an international artist with thousands of adoring fans, but she has been known to be very humble and down to earth.
In 2012, the Caribbean beauty founded a nonprofit organisation ‘the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program’, in honour of her grandparents. The organisation set out to benefit communities across the globe who are living in poverty, to help them gain access to healthcare and education. Today, the organisation has provided children with access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls. The singer charitably built a centre for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados where she was raised.
In recognition of her work, RiRi was awarded the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year. She opened her speech in a total Rihanna way with a cheeky flip of her ponytail "So I made it to Harvard" Yesss!
We hope these ladies inspired you as much as they did us!