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Footsteps – Global Gathering of Young Women

6th April 2021 - 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We now live in a world of accelerating change, volatility and great potential.

In this historic moment, it is time for a big change, for a big movement. It’s a time for changemakers.

This event is for young women who aspire to change the world.

Climate Crisis | Racial Injustice | Healthcare | Violence Against Women | Modern Slavery | Homelessness | Mental Health | Bullying | Neurodiversity | Refugee Crisis | LGBTQ Rights| Gender Pay Gap and more.

Create your own footsteps. Join us. Make a difference.

Learning and networking will be focused in the following areas:
  • Changemaker: Embrace human, social and environmental rights; and become a force for the good in the world.
  • Purpose: Ignite and follow through on your life’s mission by uncovering values and passions.
  • Global Networking: Meet, learn from and create community with diverse peers around the world.
  • Empowerment: Self-confidence, positive self-image, authentic voice, and ways to speak up for self and others.
  • Well-being: Mental health, juggling it all and balance.
  • Resilience: How to face fears, be courageous and recognise and address bullying and bias.
  • Innovation: How to embrace new ideas, value differing opinions and allow others to freely express their views.
  • Global Citizenship: Gain the diversity of perspectives that inform different cultures and communities.
  • Leadership: Acquire and grow the skills to become a principled leader.

Curated and run by Dr Sam Collins, equality advocate, social entrepreneur, author and founder of Aspire for Equality. Consisting of speakers, interviews, panels, music and interactive sessions, this event will be fun, informative, life and world changing!

£95 plus VAT (recorded if you can not make the live event)

6th April 2021
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm GMT
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"I'm Grace, you may remember me from last year's Aspire Young Women Conference. I wanted to say how much that conference affected how I viewed myself and working towards my goals academically but also in my personal life. I still use the notebook that was given to me, it says, 'she believed she could so she did'! I still stand by the cause of women empowerment and equality"



"Aspire is an amazing organisation that inspires and brings women together to make the world a better place for women and girls to succeed in their lives, whatever their goals may be"



‘1 for 1’ programme, for every place purchased, a place is donated to a girl who cannot afford to attend.

10% discount on the normal rate for 2 people
15% discount for 3-5 people
20% discount for 6-9 people
25% for 10 people plus

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Footsteps Timeline
April 6, 2021
Times are listed as Pacific Standard Time/UK time

7.45am/3.45pm Registration and Networking

8am /4pm Dr Sam Collins, USA “Welcome & Goal Setting”

8.25am/4.25pm Destiny Ayo Vaughan, Nigeria, “Succeeding in Life and Work Against the Odds”.

8.50am/4.50pm “Climate Changemakers”
Ella Matthews, UK
Sasha Weiss, USA
Naomi Lopez, USA
Isobel Lewis Jarvis, UK

9.20am/5.20pm BREAK

9.25am/5.25pm “Hope Through Economic Empowerment”
Adewinmbi Barakat, Nigeria
Lauren Roberts-Turner, UK

10am/6pm “Action Speaks Louder Than Words”
Rumana Khanom, UK
Monique Tshibola, DR Congo
Thais Quiroga, Bolivia

10.35am/6.35pm BREAK

10.45am/6.45pm “The Empower Hour”
Kriti Sarav, USA
Skye Turner, Ireland
Eleanor Nsofor, UK,
Latifah Nansubuga Lydia, Uganda

11.20am/7.20pm “Smile and Walk Ahead”
Meredith Marks, USA
Rosie Jakeways, UK

11.55am/7.55pm “Awakening the Leader In You”
Jeanette Kapia Mutombo, Greece
Mariam Yusuf, Kenya
Hannah Sinclair, UK
Francisca Rockey, UK

12.35pm/8.35pm Dr Sam Collins, USA “Call to Action”

1pm/9pm Finish

1pm/9pm Networking Breakout Rooms for One Hour

There are a number of scholarship places available at each Aspire for Equality event.

Find out more and apply HERE.

“I had such an exceptional experience at my first Aspire event. I wanted to send you a personal thank you for being so open and generous in all that you do. I have never experienced an event quite like yours anywhere! It was such a great experience.” NICOLE DE LA LOZA RIVERA, DOWNTOWN WOMEN’S CENTER, USA

Over 50% of attendees come to Aspire for Equality events with others. It is a great opportunity for mothers and daughters, families, schools, universites, clubs and associations that support young women.

10% discount on normal rate for 2 people
15% discount for 3-5 people
20% discount for 6-9 people
25% discount for 10 people plus

Sascha Weiss & Naomi Lopez, Students, USA

Sascha Weiss and Naomi Lopez are two 16 year-olds from Los Angeles finishing Junior year at Oakwood Secondary School. After meeting in 7th grade, they discovered a common interest in climate activism and founded The High School Sustainability Guide (HSSG), a newly launched website. The site is based on four carbon calculators that address the main aspects of a school’s carbon footprint (electricity, gas, food packaging, and transportation), allowing students to determine their school’s environmental impact and take action to reduce it.

Rumana Khanom, Trainee Solicitor, UK

Rumana Khanom is 24 years old. She is a trainee solicitor at Bird & Bird LLP in their London office in the UK. She is currently situated in the Employment Law department, and has previously worked in the Real Estate; Commercial and Intellectual Property departments. She is due to qualify as a solicitor this year. Born to parents that cannot read or write English and being told that females in her culture simply quit after college, she is motivated to go against the odds and will not stop until she reaches her end goal.

Adewinmbi Barakat, Student, Nigeria

Adewinmbi Barakat lives in Lagos City, Nigeria. She is 18 years old and a senior at Park Royal College. She is an encourager at the World Pulse organization and earnestly believes in the power of women, which is why she continues to be part of organizations that have powerful drives for equality. Although, she is young, she believes in her capabilities and challenges her limits. She also understands that she can become whatever she chooses to become without anybody’s permission. She strives to help females, young and old, discover the power they posses as Women.

Thais Quiroga, Student, Bolivia

Passionate about human rights and peace building, Thais Quiroga is currently wrapping up a Masters in International Development at the Graduate Institute of Geneva. At  24, she has co-founded three non-profit organizations during her undergraduate years and one during her graduate studies, striving to protect people in situations of vulnerability. Recently, she began a position as the Program Assistant in Bolivia for the United States Institute of Peace and is working to promote peace education. She is excited to present at this event to encourage others to find their purpose!

Destiny Ayo Vaughan, Child Advocate & Student, Ireland

Destiny Vaughan is originally from Nigeria and is 23 years old. She now lives in Ireland and graduated Waterford Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Social Science and is now doing a Masters in Psychological Studies at the University of Aberdeen. She is a local pathway fellow for the UN SDNS program 2022 representing Ireland. The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was launched in 2012 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to mobilise global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development and implement the Sustainable Development Goals. Destiny is an advocate for child protection and sexual violence awareness and since a young teenager, she’s worked for different charities including Concern, Make a Wish, The Shona Project, Plan Ireland and Mind the Gap Ireland.

Mariam Yusuf, Researcher, Kenya

Mariam Yusuf is from Kenya and is a graduate of KU Leuven University in Belgium. She’s served in various sectors including as a researcher in the area of women in leadership and youth employability. Her focus is on gender and development related issues and research. She is a co-founding member of Sabon Africa Development Network, an informal settlement in Nairobi with the aim of offering economic empowerment to teenage mothers. She is also a Young Africa Leadership initiative Alumni.

Monique Tshibola, Founder, KIOTA GLOBAL, D.R. Congo

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Monique Tshibola graduated from Eastern Mennonites University with a B.S. in Organizational Leadership and a minor in Business Administration. She lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia and she is 25 years old and founded a nonprofit organization called KIOTA GLOBAL. Its mission is to empower women and minorities through quality education, good health, economic resiliency, and advocacy. She is a passionate advocate of women’s rights, dignity, and marginalized communities. She is interested in opportunities in organizations that impacts people’s lives and promote diversity and inclusion.

Eleanor Nsofor, Student, UK

Eleanor Nsofor is a 17 year old student who attends Davenant Foundation School. She is a young feminist who believes we need more young and female speakers within the political world in order to change it for the better. She is a former youth councillor for her local county in England. Her work there entails meetings with local MPs and campaigning for young people. She believes that today’s society strives off of individualism and that there is no need to try to change yourself to fit in or keep up an image.

Francisca Rockey, Founder, Black Geographers, UK

Francisca Rockey is a 21-year-old, London born geographer, campaigner, influencer, advocate, and activist who is regularly involved in social campaigns, and charity fundraising. She is also a blogger, writer, and public speaker featured in mainstream and online media. She founded Black Geographers, a community interest company working to tackle the erasure of black people in geography by creating a platform for black geographers to network and connect. The platform has a global audience of over 10,000 members.

Hannah Sinclair, Student, UK

Hannah Sinclair graduated from The University of Bristol in 2020 with a law degree. Currently, she is studying the Barrister Training Course in London. Throughout her legal education, she volunteered as an advisor and presenter for organisations that made citizen’s rights accessible to them. She is excited to speak at Footsteps Global Gathering of Girls because the event promises to be brave, controversial, and a lot of fun.

Isobel Lewis-Jarvis, Student, UK

Isobel Lewis-Jarvis is a 22 year-old MSc Environmental Politics student at UCL in London. She is interested in the nexus between climate change and forced migration—particularly how this impacts women. Her passion for women’s equality stems from her undergraduate degree in English Literature at King’s College London where she completed her dissertation on the role of witchcraft in shaping the female identity.

Kapia Jeannette Mutombo, Founder, Mutombo Jeannette Foundation, Greece

Kapia Jeannette Mutombo is 21 years old. She was born in Mbuji-Mayi and raised in Kinshasa, DRC. She is Founder and CEO of Mutombo Jeannette Foundation (MJF), a charitable foundation that she started when she was 18 years old. The foundation’s mission is helping physically disabled people and advocating for abandoned children due to witchcraft, false prophecy, or the way they look. She is based in Athens, Greece.

Lauren Roberts-Turner, Student, UK

Lauren Roberts-Turner is a final year student at King Ecgbert School, Sheffield in the United Kingdom and is currently working and volunteering as a youth researcher and advocate on the ChildFair State Inquiry and the YE2030 campaign. She is passionate about improving the welfare state and tax systems. She also cares about the strengthening of communities, tackling inequalities, and improving opportunities for young people. She works as the Youth Lead on a campaign which seeks to improve mental health support for young people in the workplace which she believes is key to help ensure every young person can thrive at work.

Meredith Marks, Student, USA

Meredith Marks is 19 and has the heart of a lion, yet she wouldn’t hurt a fly. She is the cat’s meow to many at Jolly Pond Veterinary Hospital where she  works. She’s not afraid of talking about the elephant in the room, as she lives in the United States, a place of freedom of speech. She doesn’t believe in pig-headed people. It really gets her goat when people say something is not possible. So, she’s watching herself like a hawk to make sure she can lead them in the right direction. Hold your horses for her because she is the one who will be a hero for all species!

Nansubuga Lydia Latifah, Student, Uganda

Nansubuga Lydia Latifah is 18 years of age, living in Kampala, Uganda. She comes from a family of five where she is the only girl and the last born. She has been raised by a single mother. To survive as a family she sells vegetables that she gets from the little garden she created at home to provide her family with food to eat. Whatever remains gets sold to get money for her school fees. She goes to Muyenga High School and is an advocate for girl’s education on child marriages and gender-based violence.

Ella Matthews, Founder, 1 Planet 1 Chance

Ella Matthews is a 21 year old student who studies Liberal Arts at the University of Leeds. Alongside her degree, she runs an organisation centered around care (Care to be Better), works as a mental health – health care assistant in a mental health hospital, and leads the Pandemic Podcast (a group which aims to support other students during the pandemic). Two years ago, she co-founded a non profit environmental organisation called 1 Planet 1 Chance. Her main passion is care. She thinks it can transform the way we think and live our lives. It has been the biggest driving factor for her own self-improvement and contribution towards climate change.

Kriti Sarav, Entrepreneur, USA

Kriti Sarav is 16 and lives in the U.S. She is a sophomore in high school at U of C Lab School. She is an entrepreneur, podcast host, and researcher and the founder of WhyFI Matter$, a global platform for teen financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and economics. Through WhyFI Matter$ she hopes to help other teens improve their financial knowledge, harness their entrepreneurial spirit, and understand the economy, working towards a strong relationship with money. Using her voice on her podcast, she is raising awareness, educating fellow teens about the issues women face, and empowering girls to feel confident when they enter the workforce. She also plays tennis and guitar and is an avid foodie!

Rosie Jakeways, Student, UK

Rosie Jakeways is 19 years old, and lives in the United Kingdom, having been born and raised in London. She is a first-year Classics student at the University of Cambridge, studying the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. She is a resilient young woman who knows how to thrive and network while preserving her own mental health. She is versatile and adaptable, especially during this period which is rife with change.

Skye Turner, Student, Ireland

Skye Turner is a 19 year-old living in Ireland who has Aspergers! Aspergers is on the Autism Spectrum. She was diagnosed when she was 15 and struggled a lot with her mental health due to not understanding herself and the people around her not understanding her in return. Now, she is happier than ever and finally comfortable being herself and loving herself! She’s really passionate about social justice, protecting the environment, animals, mental health awareness, and mental disability/neurodiversity awareness.

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