The World is Female: Young women in international development virtual event
This event will promote the importance of women in international development and give the audience a chance to hear from young women from different backgrounds and experiences to talk about their work. This enlightening panel will be moderated by MINN Fellow, Zaynab Abdi.
A word about the moderator
Zaynab Abdi is a Black, Muslim, Asian (Middle Eastern), Immigrant woman who is passionate about social justice and advocacy. Zaynab is a MINN fellow for 2020 and works as a Civic Engagement Coordinator with Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment and as an Immigrant and Refugee Youth Ambassador at Green Card Voices. She graduated as magna cum laude from St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN with three Bachelors’s degrees in Political Science, International Studies, and Philosophy. Zaynab was appointed by Governor Tim Walz’s office to serve in the Young Women’s Cabinet where she advocated for young women in Minnesota and took leadership roles within the organization during the pandemic. She is also an Advocate for girls’ education where she spoke at many places including the United Nations to speak about the importance of educating girls in countries where girls are disadvantaged. Zaynab is a co-author in “Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School” and was featured in Malala’s new book, “We Are Displaced.” With a passion for empowering girls and youth globally to complete their education and take a leadership role in their own countries, Zaynab will attend graduate school to obtain a degree in MPA in Development Practice at Columbia University in New York City.