Join us to welcome three stellar young women rights activists to Ottawa for the 2015 Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program! Neesa Medina (Honduras), Riya William (South Sudan) and Htet Htet Aung (Burma) will arrive in Ottawa on August 30 to kick off Sister-to-Sister 2015—a six-week advocacy and communications training program for young women activists.
Neesa, Riya and Htet Htet are all actively engaged at the grassroots level to promote women’s rights and peace. Throughout the Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program they will work alongside the Nobel Women team to bring their advocacy from the local and national level to the international level. Over the course of six weeks Neesa, Riya and Htet Htet will build their capacity as women activists by participating in a series of intensive trainings, learning from seasoned women’s rights activists and connecting with local young women leaders.
The Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program began in 2012 in response to needs identified by partner organizations for increased advocacy training and hands-on skill building for young women’s rights activists within an international setting. Young women activists from Palestine, Sudan, South Sudan, Mexico, Liberia, Burma and Guatemala have participated in the program, and returned to their countries as stronger activists.
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Neesa works with the Centre for Women’s Rights (CDM) in Honduras as a Gender and Security Analyst. For the past five years, Neesa has monitored violence against women and developed media campaigns to raise awareness about women’s rights in Honduras—particularly women’s reproductive rights. Neesa is an insightful and passionate feminist, and uses her experiences as a woman in Honduras to take decisive action for an equal and just country.
Htet Htet is the Gender Rights Program Manager for Partners Asia in Burma. For almost a decade Htet Htet has worked alongside civil society organizations to build women’s leadership and encourage women’s participation in political and economic life. Raised in rural Burma, Htet Htet acutely understands the challenges facing women who seek leadership opportunities—and has dedicated her life to break these barriers.
As a Civic Education Officer with the Mundri Relief and Develop Association (MRDA), Riya brings together internally displaced peoples to promote women’s rights and build peace in South Sudan. Riya is also the President of Play for Peace—a youth-led initiative to promote peace through theatre in schools in the capital city, Juba. Riya is a rising young leader in South Sudan who determinedly uses her voice to engage youth in building a country rooted in peace and gender equality.