Who inspires you? That is the question we have asked our four senior prefects as Worth joins the global celebration of International Women’s Day.
This important day on the calendar, held on 8 March every year since 1909, celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across time. Our senior prefects have chosen four excellent examples.
Read on to see who they chose and then have a think of someone who inspires you.
Deputy Head Girl Pauli: Fausia Kufi – a feminist, was the only female party leader in Afghanistan, the first female MP and the only female vice-president of the country’s National Assembly. She also took part in the peace negotiations with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar. But after the radical Islamists invaded Kabul on 15 August, she, like several thousand other Afghans, was evacuated from Kabul by military plane. In exile in France, she now continues to fight for women’s rights.
Deputy Head Boy Murdo: Dr Amani Ballour – amidst a state of war a lot of us can scarcely imagine, Dr Ballour ran an underground hospital in the middle of a Syrian civil war. Against everyone’s wishes and rising above all expectations she changed the lives of thousands in a time where it was most needed.
Head Girl Anna: Audrey Hepburn – a British actress and humanitarian. Although commonly known for her glamour, beauty and acting, she also used her star-influence to offer a powerful voice for the needy. Her own experiences of near-starvation during her childhood in the war-torn country where she lived fuelled her desire to make a change, leading her to become an ambassador for UNICEF. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by US President George HW Bush in 1992.
Head Boy Chris: Professor Sarah Gilbert – a vaccinologist who led the development of the AstraZeneca vaccine in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and inspired women working in Science and Technology to strive for a better world.