Millennials gather to talk gender equality around the world

Globel Young Voices gender equality panelists

International students and alumni panelists gather together after an evening of discussions on gender rights across the globe. (Photo courtesy of Global Young Voices)

Global Young Voices and Sands of Time, in collaboration with Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Office of Global Learning and the United Nations Academic Impact, recently held a youth-led event on gender equality.

The discussion included six millennial panelists from around the world: FDU alumna Camila Renee Castro, BS’15 (Van), of El Salvador; Metropolitan Campus graduate student Kushan Costa of Sri Lanka; former FDU exchange student Camilla Curnis of Italy; Metropolitan Campus graduate student Urusha Lama of Nepal; Metropolitan Campus junior Vanessa Yong of Malaysia and University of Bradford (in England) student Zuwaina Al Daraai of Oman.

Each speaker shed light on the specific issues women in their country face, ranging from discrimination in the labor market to sexual grooming to patriarchal cultures and more.

Jason Scorza, vice provost for academic and international affairs and professor of political science and philosophy at FDU, introduced the event, which was moderated by Eli Amdur, BA'68 (Ruth), adjunct professor and co-founder of Sands of Time.

Danielle Walker, an adjunct professor at Ramapo Collage, gave the keynote address. Walker’s area of expertise is in women's studies. In 2013, she served as NGO representative at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women at the U.N. Her presentation focused on the global issues affecting women, and the future of women’s roles in accordance with the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, to be achieved by 2030.

After each panelist presented, Amdur facilitated an open discussion among panelists and the audience. The discussion included personal experiences that fueled the exchanges, and highlighted the differences in how various cultures consider women and view their roles in society.

The event closed with Curnis, co-founder of Global Young Voices, expressing gratitude to her fellow panelists and speakers, and quoting Oriana Fallaci, an Italian journalist and writer: “Being a woman is so fascinating. It's an adventure that requires such courage. A challenge, that never ends ...”

Global Young Voices is a website and blog featuring international contributors, many of whom study or have studied at FDU. These millennial writers are attempting to connect with audiences across the globe to share personal observations and daily realities.

Sands of Time is an out-of-the-classroom social, cultural and intellectual enrichment program for students who want to see, do, experience and learn beyond their academic programs at FDU.