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It is with great joy that I welcome you to the World Women Global Council website. WWGC is an answer to hope for many women because I understand what it’s like to be at a crossroads and in need of guidance, motivation, and support. I often reflect on my humble beginnings as well as my struggles and challenges growing up in a developing country in a middle class family. Later, after getting married and coming into a new country as an immigrant, I learned to redefine many aspects of life and raised two wonderful boys. But it was during my summer vacations as a teenager when I felt a compelling reason to give back. Watching the poverty and abuse of children and women on a daily basis and observing women’s economic plight and cultural and religious subjugation, I knew that although I couldn’t change the world, that was no reason to allow myself the luxury of inaction.
Both my parents and my faith instilled in me a desire for excellence and education, and education not only in itself but rather as a tool for service to others.My parents, who late in their life were supporters of WWGC, would always say that if girls at a tender age are conditioned to believe that they are weak, vulnerable, and second-class human beings, then they will begin to perceive themselves as a caged bird: having wings but hesitant to fly. Caged in thoughts and actions and limited in capacity, she attributes everything that befalls her to fate and destiny. This, however, was not acceptable to me. I say to you, take courage and choose not to be the victim! I say to you, take steps to transform your mind, so you can transform your actions, your life, and ultimately, your destiny! I say to you, your life CAN be fulfilling, beautiful, and triumphant after tragedy! I say to you, if you want better, you CAN have better! You CAN design your destiny and discover your dreams if you believe in yourself.
Ultimately, the power to create change lies within you!
In this spirit, we have established Youth Initiatives for Women Leadership. This initiative will bring major changes at grassroots level in the education and much-needed political representation of our youth and young women and through our Global Girl Leadership Program.For the past 18 years, WWGC has been aiding women and children through education, proactive health interventions, microfinance, media advocacy, life skills, leadership training, and resource access using multimodal approaches. WWGC is a global platform with local, national, and global initiatives. I strongly believe that when Women Empower Women in Learning and Leadership (W.E. W.I.L.L.)@TM, their intent and conviction encourage other women to take action.
In his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, Steve Jobs reminded us that our time is limited and that we should not waste it living a life dictated by someone else. We shouldn’t be trapped by dogma, —living with the results of other people’s thinking. We shouldn’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out our own inner voices. And most importantly, we should have the courage to follow our own hearts and intuition. He concluded with “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”
I wish that for myself, and I wish that for every woman. I hope you will be our supporter and ally in the change we all wish to see in the world.
From my heart to yours,
Founder and Executive Director, WWGC
“We believe that the diversity of our community is a fundamental strength of our region. Our mission is best fulfilled when we embrace diversity as a value and a practice.”