While the world has not been noticing in this cloud of Coronavirus, young interfaith leadership is emerging. Women’s leadership is inspiring. While the world has been distracted, change has been happening. A 17 year-old Muslim girl, a refugee to the U.S., is preparing to present at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Parallel event for a second time. The first time was really a success. Girls kept home by the pandemic could not be stopped. They remembered the leadership program they had been in, the Girls Global Summit.
How could this happen? A vulnerable young refugee having confidence and knowledge to speak on an international platform? Becoming an interfaith leader?
She is being mentored in a circle of compassionate University of the Incarnate Word graduate students from Nepal, Uganda, Brazil, with Mexican Americans and U.S. students, who are in a larger circle with faculty from Turkey, Nigeria, India, Uganda, and Jordan building the Young Women’s Global Leadership Program. They are in circles with the “Stories of Truth and Transformation” participants, a conference that began our “Institute of Interfaith Excellence” year in August 2021. A favorite session was “Interfaith Peace Building: One Story at a Time” by Rev. Wyndee Holbrook and Dr. Dhawn Martin with Lisa Epstein, Damaris Cavazos Fike, and Fulya Seker.