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In celebration of International Women’s Day I want to introduce you to five International Extraordinary women. Their stories may inspire you to be the change you want to see in the world.

 #1 – Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace laureate

Aung San Suu Kyi

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At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr

Would you be willing to give up your freedom for a cause or a belief?

Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma is a political figure who wants to use the non-violence approach, of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi, to bring democracy to her country.

Aung San Suu Kyi was incarcerated, in one form or another, for 20 years, because of her political ideology. In 1991 she received the Nobel Peace Prize. Today,  she’s free and continues her mission of bringing democracy to her country using the non-violence approach.

Check out the trailer of  “The Lady”  a movie (starring Michelle Yeoh) about Aung San Suu Kyi’s life with her husband.

Aung San Suu Kyi Video

Aung San Suu Kyi – The Choice (2012) http://youtu.be/1_IjNKT_T5o

#2 – Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf – president of Liberia

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf – president of Liberia

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First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is the first female president for an African Nation – an enormous accomplishment in this male dominated culture. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s intelligence, resilience, and determination helped her to break through the gender glass ceiling.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is an inspiration for women from all walks of life.

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf Video

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at Harvard http://youtu.be/si2JFLRqKMs


#3 – Sunitha Krishnan’s fight against sex slavery

Sunitha Krishnan

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Be a hero for a better world – every act of compassion makes a difference.~  betterworldheroes.com

This information makes me realize that my challenges are mustard seeds in comparison to what these women and children suffer, I take that back, there’s no comparison. These men – I don’t know if I should call them men – beast is the more fitting term – have wives, they’re somebody’s dad,  brother, uncle, friend or co-worker.

Sunitha Krishnan is inspiration in motion – she speaks from her own experience of being abused when she was 15 years old. She has dedicated her life to rescuing women and children from sex slavery, a multimillion-dollar global market. She’s fiercely courageous and passionate about her mission.

Sunitha Krishnan Video

Sunitha Krishnan: The fight against sex slavery http://youtu.be/jeOumyTMCI8

#4 – Kakenya Ntaiya, Educator and Activist

Kakenya Ntaiya, Educator and Activist

If you educate a boy, you educate an individual–if you educate a girl, you educate a community. ~ African proverb  

Do you know a young woman who isn’t taking advantage of the opportunities that are available to her today for an education?  Kakenya Ntaiya had to negotiate with her family to get her education.

Kakenya Ntaiya Video

Every Child has a Dream http://youtu.be/AvZHDrKRL_A


 #5 – Dr Ola Orekunrin – Managing Director, Flying Doctors Nigeria

Dr Ola Orekunrin

Be the change you want to see in the world.  ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Dr. Ola Orekunrin is a medical doctor, helicopter pilot, and Managing Director of the Flying Doctors Nigeria Ltd, West Africa’s first Air Ambulance Service.

Dr. Ola Orekunrin is a woman of influence who has authored a medical book and published articles in high-profile medical journals. However, she had a passion and a purpose that was more important than any accolades she would receive if she stayed in York, England – she wanted to help the people in the remote areas of Nigeria to have access to medical care. It was personal – her younger sister died because she lived in a remote area and didn’t have access to medical care.

Dr. Ola Orekunrin achieved her vision.

Hear Dr Ola’s story in her own words clicking the link below. It will take you to her video at the The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship.

Video: legatum.mit.edu

It’s a wrap

These women are living for a cause greater than themselves.They’re examples of having a laser focused intention and taking inspired action to achieve a dream.

Aung San Suu Kyi didn’t leave her country of Burma to visit her husband when he was dying from cancer. She knew the Burmese government would be glad to see her go, and would never give her permission to enter the country again.

Dr Ola Orekunrin graduated at age 21, one of the youngest medical doctors in England. She left fame and a lucrative position for her cause.

Be inspired! Take action today to make a change.

Your turn

Do you have a cause that you’re passionate about?

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