The participants in the Global Youth Forum at the World Bank made me more optimistic about our chances for success in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.
When bad news strikes, sometimes it’s hard to see past it. Such was the case this week when Brazil’s deepening political and economic crisis all but eclipsed news of the arrival in Rio of the flame that will light the way to the 2016 Summer Olympics. But it’s just at these times when it helps to focus on positive stories of what’s working and why. Gustavo Reis, the 23-year-old founder of 4YOU2, is one of those stories.
When I first heard Nafula speak about her work, I was struck by the confidence, conviction, and authority of her words. As someone who feels more comfortable expressing herself with a pen and paper than in front of a crowd, I was in awe of her ability to powerfully advocate for gender equality—connecting emotions with data and linking personal experiences with the everyday reality of millions.
In isolated rural communities in Mexico, where the distance villagers must travel to find a doctor can mean the difference between life and death, Dr. Carolina Zuheill Rosales delivers urgently needed medical care.