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Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

According to the UN, "gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.

United Nations - UN Secretary-General António Guterres' hails women for their many contributions on International Women's Day, 8 March 2017. This year's theme is "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030".






Women in Kind focuses on women, their needs in business and in the business of life. In both of these areas, women’s needs are specific. Women in Kind is founded by women. Funded by women. Designed by women. For women.

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Melanie Ulle

Shadhika works with young women in India ages 10-24 in order to address the gender inequality that is huge and persistent in Indian culture. We invest in education, empowerment, and economic self-sufficiency so that the young women can realize their aspirations. We also work with young men to educate them on the importance of respecting women and girls.

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Farrah Salisbury

Marshall Direct Fund's mission is to invest in education and women’s economic empowerment for a more peaceful world. It runs a modern day pen pal program called "Global Kids Connect" which facilitates meaningful dialogue between students and teachers in Pakistan and the United States weekly over the course of half an academic year. Scanned and uploaded letters, photos, and video are shared on a secure blog. Curriculum segments include themes about family, school, leadership, peace, culture, and geography.

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Danielle Givens

GlobeMed's mission is to engage students in the movement for global health equity by training students to generate resources and awareness, developing knowledge bases and skill sets, and providing opportunities to work and learn alongside Himalayan HealthCare (partner organization in Nepal). GlobeMed believes that every person has a role to play in global health equity and part of their mission is to help students find their place in the movement. 

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Valerie Gao

GlobalMindED is an educational and research non-profit organization committed to creating a capable, diverse talent pipeline for first-generation-to-college, at-risk and low-income students and job seekers..  By incorporating research and implementing action based on our results, GlobalMindED's mission is to improve access and equity in K-12 and higher education through improved graduation rates and sustainable careers. 

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Saule Aliyeva

The Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking's mission is to inform social change that eliminates human exploitation, in hopes of ending human trafficking. Students could help us develop an age-appropriate, locally relevant, anti-human trafficking training, and help us deliver it to fellow students.

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Kara Napolitano

In our interconnected world, we interact with people from different cultures on a daily basis. Assumptions are made, interpreting comments, reactions and behaviors. The result is often miscommunication because of a culture difference. These miscommunications can be extremely costly to organizations and relationships. Real World Solutions provides practical training and coaching in intercultural awareness and competence for professionals and organizations in business, health care, education, and community services.

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Melinda Cain


NGAO Society is a non-profit making organization formed with individuals and likeminded community organizations to facilitate the community in realizing its own potential to initiate sustainable change using the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Model. NGAO wishes to establish connections between students in the US and communities in Africa (Kenya) to help students collaborate on finding the assets within the community to improve quality of life.

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Anthony Hulula
Mediator: Hope Mukai

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ALIGHT (Alliance to Lead Impact in Global Human Trafficking) is a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that strives to create a world where we deliver justice and support to more human trafficking victims and survivors – faster. ALIGHT's mission is to enable anti-trafficking advocates and legal providers to connect across borders and build solutions together. In turn, they believe that increasing the anti-trafficking community’s access to under-utilized resources, in particular legal expertise, is key to providing human trafficking survivors with meaningful justice.

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Jenny Caquelin

Sustainable Schools International (SSI) invests in sustainable education for rural economic development in Cambodia. We partner with government schools and build social entrepreneurs and leaders. Micro-finance, in the communities we serve, develops the local economy and sustains our schools. As a result, our goal is to stop child exploitation before it starts. Sustainable Schools International (SSI) would love to serve as a resource for the passionate students working to solve global challenges.

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Tavia Mirassou-Wolf


The United Nations Association of the United States of America's Denver Metro Chapter is dedicated to informing, inspiring and mobilizing the Denver community to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations.

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Sanjay Rajan

CorpsAfrica is a non-profit organization that recruits and places ambitious Africans in remote, high-poverty communities in their own countries. These men and women live in the community for a year and initiate sustainable projects that fulfill key needs and whose impact and success can be carefully measured, all through a transformative volunteer experience. CorpsAfrica seeks to connect WAC students to current and alumni volunteers who have worked on development issues at a grassroots level in communities in Morocco, Senegal, and Malawi. 

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Garrett Mason

The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is a set of universal standards for eliminating gender discrimination, adopted by the United Nations in 1979. Often hailed as the international Bill of Rights for women, the aim of CEDAW is to ensure the rights of women and girls around the world. 

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Alexis Newton &
Malliga Och

The United Nations Association of the United States of America's Denver Metro Chapter is dedicated to informing, inspiring and mobilizing the Denver community to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. UNA Denver and WAC have the potential to collaborate beautifully regarding the focus on SDG's.

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Tina Lehman


Engineers Without Borders USA harnesses the skills of engineers to tackle the challenges that keep the world's poorest people from living healthy, productive lives. They achieve this goal by utilizing highly skilled volunteers to work with communities to find appropriate solutions for their basic infrastructure and human needs.  Engineers Without Borders USA seeks to help students in WAC by providing K-12 Lessons Plans that might be useful for water, biofuel, and bridge projects.

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Cathy Leslie

Megan Jenkins is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Zambia (2012-2015) and a current grad student at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.  As a Peace Corps Volunteer, Megan worked with local farmers to promote agroforestry and sustainable farming practices and extended her service in Zambia to intern with the Ministry of Mines, Water and Energy Development. There, she was exposed to the successes and challenges of government and their roles in water resource management. As a result, Megan would love to be a subject matter expert for the
teams in subjects relating to water, climate change, and agriculture in developing countries. 

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Megan Jenkins

Kimetrica is a social enterprise where their mission is to increase the effectiveness of spending in the social sector by providing software, research, advisory and training services for evidence-based decision making and learning. Kimetrica also helps governments and non-profit organizations to increase the impact and efficiency of their social investments, enhance accountability, manage critical risks, and build donor or taxpayer confidence. They seek to help WAC students by educating them about the impacts of international development. 

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Eric Nussbaumer