March is Women’s History Month. Throughout the month we’ll be profiling D.C. based women you should know. Amy Morse, the founder of Ideas Club, is heading the project. Today she profiles Adedayo Fashanu. -ed.
Adedayo elevates inspiring global youth voices through journalism. She believes that global change happens through the power of storytelling and engaging in a dialogue. When she isn’t convening D.C.-based millennials at salons in Washington, she spends her time interviewing, searching, researching and writing as a social impact journalist at Huffington Post Media and as author, speaker and founder of the Art of Being Alive (an interesting concept that she has written about and is compiling into a book). She uses storytelling as a tool to bridge the gap between people and the solutions.
As a journalist and storyteller, Adedayo elevates the voices of underrepresented populations, youth, women and children, often in developing countries. Adedayo’s goal is to raise awareness of these stories, as actionable information, for policy officials and others, to implement change. Her last article in Forbes covered youth representation in global development. Her lens adds transparency for youth engagement in World Bank global partnerships and other international convenings, in pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals. Her article inspired young people from Nigeria, the Caribbean, and elsewhere to call out for more youth voices on global change-making platforms. Adedayo documents the unique generational characteristics of Millennials as they confront global challenges through her Huffington Post Art of Being Alive series (see some of her interesting work on motivation, education of change-makers, global challenges, Black Lives Matter).
Adedayo enjoys connecting with youth and finds meaning in sharing their stories – especially how the youth seek to bring change. She believes that everyone benefits by understanding the perspective of the millions of displaced youth in fragile conflict states. Through hearing stories of youth in South Sudan or Syria, she believes that we can all better engage in vital dialogue, and better perform a “2030 needs assessment,” to foster ideas and solutions pathways. An inspired idealist, Adedayo believes that we have opportunity to use our collective voices to make the world a much better place.
Woman Who Inspires Her
Adedayo draws inspiration from Malala Yousafzai’s refrain, “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the World.” Born in Pakistan in 1997, Malala Yousafzai is a global advocate for girls’ education. She received the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy work, and used the $1.1million prize money to finance the creation of a secondary school for girls in Pakistan. She travels to developing countries, and fragile conflict states, to create programs in partnerships with local NGO’s to ensure that girls receive a form of education.
Malala’s dream of working for education – until every child can go to school – is a source of inspiration for Adedayo. She believes that education is a right, which unfortunately many are deprived of due to socioeconomic and political factors. Adedayo believes that if we (preventably) fail the generation of displaced youth and those living in poverty, as a consequence of crisis and conflicts or because of situational backgrounds – we have only ourselves to blame.
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