Elizabeth Nyamayaro spent her childhood in rural Zimbabwe, living with her grandmother, Gogo, in a village affected by both HIV/AIDS and famine. During one such famine, Ms. Nyamayaro was given food and water by “the girl in the blue uniform” – a United Nations worker – saving her life. From that moment on, she knew her purpose in life was to become like that girl in the blue shirt, a humanitarian trying to improve the lives of people around the world, and thus her dream of growing up to work for the United Nations was born.
I Am a Girl from Africa alternates between stories of her childhood in Zimbabwe spent with her extended family and her beloved Gogo, her early attempts to achieve her dream by setting out on her own in London, and her eventual career with the UN, where she pioneered the groundbreaking HeForShe movement that sought to unite men and women in the fight for gender equality.
By sharing her story, Ms. Nyamayaro hopes to introduce readers around the world to the concept of Ubuntu (“I am because we are”), and prove that if the power of community, perseverance, and education can change the life of one little girl from Africa, it can change the lives of people like her everywhere.
Ms. Nyamayaro will be in conversation with Angela Duckworth, Ph.D., (FAN '12 and '16), founder and CEO of Character Lab and the Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and our YouTube channel.
AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of I Am a Girl from Africa from FAN's partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Ms. Nyamayaro that will start immediately after the webinar. Copy and paste this link to purchase the book: https://www.thebookstall.com/event/i-am-girl-africa-power-community-perseverance-and-education-fan-program
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