Introducing Antonia, Martina, Leanne and Harry
Each week we are introducing you to the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders, sharing their stories and celebrating the incredible work that they are doing in their communities. Take a look at last weeks post featuring Aubrey Stewart, Jodie Dennie, Benedict Bryan, and Jean-Claude Cournand.
This week we are getting to know Antonia Michailidi, Martina Caruana, Leanne Armitage, and Harry Phinda.
Antonia from Cyprus
She is the co-founder of the Humanitarian Aid Programme (Cyprus), which supports refugees accommodated in Cyprus by collecting donations for the Kofinou Refugee Camp. She uses her experience of working in the camp to raise awareness of some of the problems facing the people living there, for example the financial and language difficulties they experience. Antonia is the International Law Association’s student representative in Cyprus and volunteers for One Woman At A Time, which helps abused women in Cyprus by advising women on their legal rights.
“This programme not only raises awareness for what young leaders around the world are doing but it also motivates others to get involved. I am looking forward to meeting with the other young leaders to exchange ideas and knowledge.”
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Martina from Malta
The network raises awareness of the challenges and barriers that young women and aspiring female leaders often face and runs initiatives designed to enable women from marginalised backgrounds to thrive. As part of her role, Martina led the campaign ‘Artemisia: 100 Remarkable Women’, which told the stories of 100 successful women from all walks of life, all of whom were portrayed in an accompanying exhibition.
Martina is currently training to become a lawyer, and in the future wants to support women in Yemen and provide them with opportunities for education and legal aid.
“I look forward to the coming year – I have no doubt that it will allow me to better contribute to the causes so close to my heart and to continue to make a difference, both locally and internationally.”
Leanne from The UK
Having grown up in an area where knife crime is high, she decided she wanted to become a trauma surgeon, both to help patients and to enable her to work with communities and change mindsets by inspiring young people to reach their full potential. She is the founder of Leanne’s Amazing Medics, which is designed to equip and increase the self-confidence of students from ethnic minorities and disadvantaged backgrounds. It introduces students to medics from similar backgrounds and provides them with detailed understanding of what the field of medicine entails.
In addition, Leanne created the Aleto Foundation’s Medical Mastermind Group, which aims to increase the personal and professional development of medical and science students.
Harry from The UK
He is the co-founder of Youth for Change (YFC), which is a global youth led organisation that works in partnership with organisations and governments to tackle gender-based violence and to create positive change. YCF’s main aim is to eradicate early forced marriage (EFM) and female genital mutilation (FGM) in their generation. The organisation works in the UK, Bangladesh, Tanzania and Ethiopia. Youth for Change started a campaign called #traintoprotect which provides a curriculum for teachers to protect girls from FGM and EFM. So far Harry and his team have trained 100 teachers in six schools in London. They also partnered with IKRWO (The Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation) and Not in My Classroom, to hold the first UK Schools’ Conference on ending gender-based violence and to train more than 200 professionals. The team collaborated with the UK Government to host a Global Youth conference called the Girl Summit, where they equipped 400 young people from across the world to campaign on women’s rights.
“I’m so happy to have been chosen to receive a Queen’s Young Leaders Award. Young people are the future and it’s a recognition that we have the answers to some of the world’s most complex problems.”