ACTIVIST OF THE WEEK

There are more ways than ever before to be an activist in 2018. That’s why we’re introducing #ActivistoftheWeek. Every week we’ll be showcasing someone fighting for social justice that inspires us— whether they're marching, signing petitions, dedicating time, or even buying a (RED) product.

 
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Ndumiso Madubela

HIV/AIDS disproportionately impacts women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa. Ndumiso Madubela is leading the charge in engaging men to be a part of the solution by starting conversations that reverse harmful gender norms. By running a program in South Africa called the Men’s Dialogues, Ndumiso talks to men about gender-based violence, safe sex, and more.

Describe Your Job in One Sentence or Less:  

I lead the Men’s Dialogue project, as part of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, to create a space where men can unpack and engage on the social ills in society.

Determined to:  

Change the status quo and push the human race forward.

Go to Meal:  

Burger and wine.

Fun Fact:

I’m a brand-new dad! It’s important to me that my son has different idea of what it means to be a man — that the definition is something that is positive and the norms are not detrimental to someone else.

 

 

CHLOE HOWARD

Chloe was born with a severe foot deformity. She has had numerous operations and faced daunting challenges, but has always met each hurdle with emotional strength and grace. Chloe shares her story to inspire others to embrace their uniqueness and boldly face their beautiful selves.

WHY I’m AN ACTIVISt:  

I am an anti-bullying activist, inspirational speaker on self-acceptance, published author, founder of my international movement STAND Beautiful, and want to change the world.

INSPI(RED) BY:  

A discussion with Bono about injustice. In 2015 I won a (RED) Omaze experience and had the opportunity to meet and talk to Bono about being a victim of an assault because of my severe foot deformity, inspiring me to tell my story and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Determined to:  

Get everyone to Stand Beautiful. It’s a movement, a choice, a proclamation, and a lifestyle; it’s the decision to see your society-deemed “imperfections” as beautiful and to believe that differences are worth celebrating.

Fun Fact:

Last summer I got the word “beautiful” tattooed over my deformed foot in my own handwriting. It is a reminder that my foot is beautiful in its scars, crookedness and lack of toenails. I’ve learned that only I have the power to determine what my labels are - that I’m not stuck as the victim. Now when I look down at my deformed foot, all I see is beauty.

 

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Liza Vadnai