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Bridging the Digital Divide in Nigeria – David's Changemaker Journey

David Onilude is a young changemaker empowering and improving the livelihoods of children in underserved communities in Nigeria through technology. His work is ensuring that young people in rural communities have the digital skills, resources, and support to thrive in today’s rapidly changing world...
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A New ‘Normal’ through more inclusive spaces

Today, we are excited to introduce Jenny Lindström-Beijar, new Ashoka Fellow selected to take part in Dela: a co-created global program developed by Ashoka and IKEA Social Entrepreneurship.

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Driving STEM and Social Innovation in Nigeria’s Education System – Jonathan's Changemaker Journey

Jonathan Godwin is a technology savvy young changemaker who is helping ensure that young people with few financial or educational resources are building the skills most needed for today's rapidly changing world. He is unleashing their power as changemakers through alternative models that champion...
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Combatting Period Poverty whilst Advancing Sustainability - Ayomide's Changemaker Journey

Ayomide Akran is a 13-year-old changemaker dedicated to sustainable environment and gender equality in Nigeria. She is committed to combatting ‘period poverty’ and improving the recycling system in Nigeria by providing sustainable reusable pads for young girls. Ayomide believes that with the right...
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Retelling Indian history in an inclusive and engaging way

“Does the absence of narratives on sexuality equal to an absence of sexuality in history? It does not. It’s an absence of research and exclusion of sexuality from the dominant narrative.” says Eric Chopra, an aspiring historian, and Founder of Itihāsology. Through social media, the team promotes...
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When technology meets equality: creating tech job opportunities for at-risk groups

Frédéric Bardeau created SIMPLON in 2013 as an alternative route to the technology institutions that exclude disadvantaged groups from training and, therefore, the job market.

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As Housing Costs Soar, A Revolution In Affordable Homes

This article features an interview with Stacey Epperson, founder of Next Step Network and participant in the second edition of the Dela programme, a global systems change accelerator co-created by Ashoka and IKEA Social Entrepreneurship.

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Making STEM Accessible in the Asia-Pacific with the Innovation Circuit

The International Baccalaureate (IB) and Ashoka partnered to develop a unique opportunity for Middle Years Program (MYP) students, ages 14-17 in IB schools worldwide to propose and scale their ideas for social change. Together, the IB and Ashoka believe that in a world that is constantly in flux...
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Debate empowers. MUNDO takes a step further and uses it to create change.

A changemaker is someone who has the courage to attempt to make their dreams of change a reality. It’s the transformation of one’s talent and passion into an experience that enables us and others.

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Real Inclusion vs. Rainbow washing

BeUnic is among the very few startups in India that offer a unique marketplace for queer entrepreneurs, artisans, and creators. In this conversation with Ashish Chopra, Co-founder of BeUnic, we learn about challenges faced by queer micro-entrepreneurs and the need for large corporations to stop...
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The Unique challenges of upskilling the Trans* community

Transmen face extreme gender-based violence and have been 'invisibilised' in society, and unfortunately also within the broader community of gender and sexual minorities. In this conversation with Shaman Gupta, a Transman and Co-founder of TWEET Foundation, we learn about the unique challenges faced...
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On being a Queer teenager in India

Yagya is an Indian teenager who started the 'Desi Teen Queer Club' as an online and offline community of young people who identify as part of the gender and sexual minority to find a safe space and supportive community.
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Young people's movement for wellbeing and inclusive development in the North East

In this conversation, Sadam Hanjabam, Founder of Ya_All, talks about his changemaking journey and the positive change being created by young people in the North East of India. The Ya_All team is promoting a holistic conception of wellbeing that addressed queer rights, mental health, peace-building...
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Promoting LGBT+ inclusion in Corporate India

Ramkrishna Sinha, Co-founder of Pride Circle, talks about creating demand for LGBT+ talent at all levels and ensuring inclusion at corporate workspaces and on college campuses. Through their flagship audit - the India Workplace Equality Index (IWEI) - Pride Circle offers a benchmarking tool for...
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What happens when living spaces encourage wellbeing?

During World Refugee Day, it is important to recognize how protecting human rights extends to cultivating living environments that encourage wellbeing, a sense of security and opportunities for expanding livelihoods. Despite the obstacles to improving living conditions amidst widespread social...

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Ashoka in Africa is launching the Ashoka Africa Builders Network

Ashoka in Africa is in the process of launching a committed and collaborative community of Ashoka Africa Builders who are eager to roll up their sleeves and support Ashoka, Ashoka Fellows, and Young Changemakers on the continent to intensify and scale their impact. We are at a critical point in...
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Aging and it's implications for the elderly among the Trans* community

Through her work in the Thane district of Maharashtra, Dr Yoga Nambiar is building an intersectional movement for positive change at the grassroots. In this conversation, Yoga shares the grim situation of elderly trans* people in India.
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Democratizing mental health challenges as a shared experience: Jimmy Westerheim, newest Ashoka Fellow in Norway

New Ashoka fellow in Norway Jimmy Westerheim is shifting understanding of mental health challenges, exposing how they are common struggles of a shared human experience. His organization “The Human Aspect” is paving the way for this shift by opening the discussion of mental wellbeing. Individual...

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Success as a growth-blocking factor.

Dominika Szaciłło, founder of the grassroots movement “Uwaga, śmieciarka jedzie” in Poland, is radically limiting the volume of trash accumulating in landfills by introducing a new role to the system: trash brokers. Through her participation in the third edition of the Dela programme, a systems...

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Ashoka launches the EACH Movement and the Ashoka Young Changemakers Program in Nigeria

Ashoka is accelerating the “Everyone A Changemaker” (EACH) Movement by expanding its reach to six Metro areas in Nigeria and by beginning the selection of Ashoka Young Changemakers in Nigeria.

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