Inspiring Woman Leader Spotlight: Sylvia Friedman

Sylvia Friedman

Sylvia Friedman is a Hong Kong-based Canadian journalist, book author, documentary producer and advisor to philanthropists. She has won multiple awards for her work, including the International Human Rights Press Award (TV Special Merit) in 2013 for her series on slavery and human trafficking in China, Hong Kong and Thailand. Dedicated to anti-trafficking initiatives and activism, Sylvia founded the 852 Freedom Campaign, a campaign focused on mobilizing people in Hong Kong to end global sex trafficking and slavery. Since 2005, she has directed more than US$9 million to humanitarian and non-governmental organizations and projects that have impacted at least 1 million people.

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Inspiring Woman Leader Spotlight: Jo Farrell

Joyce Farrell

Jo Farrell is an award-winning documentary photographer and cultural anthropologist based in Hong Kong. The creator and leader of Living History, which documents the lives of the last remaining women in China with bound feet, Jo is deeply passionate about representing tradition and culture through the vehicle of art, particularly women’s traditions that are about to fade away from history. She has presented at the TEDxWarwick 2015 and TEDxWanchaiWomen 2015 conferences on perceptions of beauty, tradition, and culture, and her work has been featured in a variety of print and online platforms, including BBC, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and The Smithsonian Magazine.


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Inspiring Woman Leader Spotlight: Joyce Ou

Joyce Ou

Joyce Ou is a freshman at Yale University. An avid journalist and passionate advocate for education, she has been involved with initiatives including leading her school’s paper and serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the online magazine of Givology, an online nonprofit that aims to address educational opportunities in the developing world. Joyce hopes to pursue a career at the intersection of molecular biology and global affairs, and aspires to improve healthcare systems and global health within and beyond the US.

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Youth Empowerment Curriculum with FIT


All of us at Women LEAD have had an amazing week working with the incredible Field Innovation Team (FIT). After a series of virtual trainings over Skype with the LEADers, the FIT team officially arrived here on June 2nd, 2015  to work with us for a week on youth empowerment and community rebuilding after the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on 25th April, 2015.

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Alumni LEADer Sharmila Shares About Her Experience in Korea!

2011 alumni Sharmila will spend three months in Seoul, Korea

We’re thrilled to announce that one of our 2011 alumni Sharmila has been selected for an exchange semester at SookMyung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. Sharmila will be there from March to June. She is currently majoring in public health at Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong, Bangladesh. At SookMyung, she is exploring diverse courses like Social Entrpreneurship, Business Startup, NGOs in developing countries and Korean traditional dance.

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