MPV's third Youth Podcast episode is a Global Voice Anthology. It sought insight from young feminist advocates from around the world on their experience engaging with the Post-2015 Development Framework. With an introduction and concluding remarks from MPV Research Fellow Monica Islam, speakers include:

  1. Iffat Gill, Founder of ChunriChoupaal (from Pakistan/Netherlands) - Iffat Gill is a human rights activist, digital strategist and social entrepreneur working for the economic empowerment of women. She is the founder of ChunriChoupaal, an initiative for social and economic empowerment through fostering modern information and communication technologies.
  2. Olanike Olugoboji, Program Coordinator of Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE) (from Nigeria) - Olanike is an award winning conservationist and women's empowerment advocate. She is based in Nigeria but has had opportunity to travel internationally. She holds degrees in urban and regional planning.
  3. Kabukabu Ikwueme, Law Graduate (from the United Kingdom) - Kabukabu Ikwueme is a London-based Victims Advocate working to provide practical support to victims affected by domestic violence. She is a law graduate and has written numerous articles on law, domestic violence, economics and the economic empowerment of women. Some of her articles have been referred to in journals on law and economics.
  4. Lisa K. Anderson, Volunteer Coordinator of World Pulse (from the United States of America) - Lisa Kislingbury Anderson serves as the Volunteer Coordinator of World Pulse, a Portland-based nonprofit organization that increases the global voice and leadership of women worldwide using the power of digital communication. She is a former newspaper journalist, a social media enthusiast, a community organizer and an advocate for women's access to reproductive healthcare.
  5. Hideko Nagashima, Founder of SWACIN Inc. (from Japan) - Founder of SWACIN Inc., Support Women and Children in Nigeria, in Japan, New York, Akwa Ibom state; she is a social activist, writer, advocate, journalist, Voice of voiceless, and Humanitarian. She operated Dr. Namdi Azikwe Memorial Hospital in New Delhi, India in 2007; and then she moved to Nigeria where she developed Waste Control and Palm Kennel production project. Later, she built SWACIN addressing some of the socio-economic and ecological challenges.
  6. Grace Eclavea, Ambassador for Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (from the Philippines) - Passionate about making dreams happen and helping people overcome depression, Grace Eclavea studies Communication Arts at the University of the Philippines Los Banos and is a member of the UP Model United Nations. She considers being a delegate at HPAIR Harvard Conference 2014 and ranking first at HPAIR Asia Conference Manila 2015 as two of her most life-changing achievements. She started Advocate Love with some of her HPAIR co-delegates.


Freethinking writers are under attack in Bangladesh and India. Many are starting to believe that rationalists are not safe anywhere, and there seems to be an unnecessary hostility between theists and atheists. With such a backdrop, we caught up with Niam A. Itani, a filmmaker from Lebanon, for the second episode of the MPV Youth Podcast Series. One of her films was screened at the Venice Film Festival in 2011. Another speaker who joined us for the second episode is Ro Waseem, a blogger from Pakistan. He has been writing for the Huffington Post and Quranalyze It.

Listen to this podcast episode for an insightful discussion on freedom of expression—whether it is absolute or not; how Muslim communities can preserve and encourage creativity and arts; depicting God and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh); and the significance of limitless imagination in our society, especially in educational institutions. This episode also features and mentions works of Muslims, including a Sufi trance music and a pop song for the LGBTQI community. Listen, reflect, and share!


Youths make up half of the world’s population. Health and education are stated to be the two broad factors crucial for the viability of any economy or community. And yet, we see rampant violations of sexual rights and harmful health practices, such as female genital mutilation (FGM), child and forced marriages, gender based violence, unsafe abortion, and much more. This is because young people lack the access to correct and non-judgmental information. They also lack the platform to share their opinions and experiences.

How can we empower youths, including teenagers, to make informed decisions about their sexual health rights? What are some of the ways in which we can end FGM, early/forced marriage, gender based violence and abuse? What can youths do if they are violated?

These are some of the questions we will explore along with our guest speaker Rand Jarallah from Palestine. She is a Young Leader at Women Deliver and the Co-founder, Deputy Director, and Youth Ambassador (Palestine) of the organization named Youth to End Sexual Violence.


Monica Islam

Monica Islam studied Business Administration at North South University in Bangladesh. She became interested in social work and development after volunteering at non-profits for the impoverished communities of Bangladesh in 2010. Since 2011, she has been writing on popular culture, gender, social justice, and religion. In 2013, she was selected as a ‘Voices of Our Future Correspondent’ by World Pulse. Through that training, apart from learning about citizen journalism, she was able to assist Sylvia Global Media Network in the production of a few radio shows on human rights. She likes breaking stereotypes. She is also fascinated by—among a host of other things—car racing, space travel, and Yiddish language, and hopes to learn all three someday. She is currently a Research Fellow at Muslims for Progressive Values and a Contributing Writer for Coming of Faith.