This event is an opportunity to advocate for and to help prepare our women and girls to compete on the global stage and to empower them in this era of rapid technological change. This is consistent with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, specifically, Goal 5, Empowering Women and Girls, and Goal 4, Quality Education for All.


Introduction & Welcome

Mine Anlar

Sierra Leone Honorary Consul in Istanbul – NEYAD US Representative

Ayşe Nilgün Diptaş

NEYAD Chairwoman

Panel Discussion


Gordon Tapper

Founder, Give Them a Hand Foundation, President, United African Congress

Kavery Kaul

Award-winning Filmmaker

Keiya K. Rayne

Clarity Coach, Relationship Expert, TEDx Speaker, Intuitive Healer

Krista Kim

Digital Artist – Metaverse Creator 
 – Video Presentation – 

Sara Branco

Attorney, black feminist, Youth Representative for ARDN in Latin America

––– Musical Interlude –––

Honor Our Girls – video

Performed by

Russell Daisey

International Composer and Musician
“Honor Our Girls,” written by Dr Judy Kuriansky and Russell Daisey. Music by Russell Daisey.

Youth Segment Panel Discussion

Ms Hawa Diallo | Moderator

Attorney, black feminist, Youth Representative for ARDN in Latin America

Nicole Bulanchuk, M.A.

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Believe New York

Zayna Elhady, M.A Education

Clinical Psychology | M.A. ‘24 | Teachers College, Columbia University

Melissa Pierre

Clinical Psychology | M.A. Ed. ‘24 | Teachers College, Columbia University

Lara Sonmez

Full Stack Software Developer, ServiceNow | B. Eng ‘18 | Duke University

Closing Remarks

Dr. Judy Kuriansky

International Association of Applied Psychology, Columbia University
Teachers College / Trustee, United African Congress

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