Female Refugees that Changed the World

In one day, a family could lose all they have – their homes, their money and their families. These brave women fought for their lives and the lives of others. For this year’s International Refugee Day, we are bringing you a blog about our top three famous female refugees that used their positions to change (and are still changing) the world. 

Madeleine Albright – Champion of democracy and human rights

She was born in 1937., as Marie Jana Korbelova, in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Her family lived under Nazi occupation and then communism. First, she had to run from Hitler and then she had to run from Stalin. 

That situation probably shaped her into the woman that she was and the way she led her life. She was proud to be a female refugee and knew firsthand how brutal autocracy is. She was passionate about democracy and human rights.

„I so believe we are all the same and we want to be able to make decisions about our own lives. The only way to do that is through democracy.“ – says Madeleine.

In the 1970s, she entered Democratic politics and worked for President Carter’s National Security Council staff and later became a professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University, focused on the Soviet Union. Bill Clinton named her the ambassador to the United Nations and, in 1997., she became the Country’s first female Secretary of State.

Bill Clinton said she was the right choice because she represented America’s best possible future – she was an immigrant, a refugee, an American citizen and a great teacher. 

She later formed Albright Institute for Global Affairs at her alma mater Wellesley College, with an aim to lift up and support the next generation of women. That was just one of many beautiful aspects of her.

„I taught my girls in class to interrupt. I found that, as a woman working my way up in the government, women often wait too long in the meetings to make their views known. All of a sudden, some man says whatever it is that you were gonna say and everybody thinks it’s brilliant.“

Madeleine Albright

Although she was successful, she says she wasn’t very funny at a young age. Her humor grew as she grew older. I will finish the story of Madeleine Albright with her statement that made her audience laugh, but also sent an important message:

„Just remember, there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.

Female refugees: Madeleine Albright
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Gloria Estefan – Sound of the refugees 

Although she was born in Cuba, Gloria Estefan did not grow up there. Her father brought her and her family to America, in search of freedom, due to the Cuban revolution. 

She was one amongst many female refugees in the United States, but she made an impact with her music. Gloria met Emilio Estefan (her husband today) and later was asked to join the band. She broke down barriers and established Latin music in the 1980s. The song that led her to the stars is „Conga“ in 1985. To this day, she has sold millions of records worldwide. 

Because of that, it is not a surprise that she won a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2015. 

The most important lesson that she learned throughout her life, but also having her mother as a role model is that there was nothing a woman could not do. Gloria is a true inspiration for women who want to follow their dreams, especially female refugees. 

Gloria Estefan
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Alek Wek – Out of it, but not out of me

Alek was born in a small town called South Sudan, a landlocked country in Central Africa. She loved and praised her hometown until, when she turned 7 or 8, the Civil war began. She got used to the bullet noises and war terror and quickly realized that this was a wake-up call and that she must get out of there.

Alek moved to England where she was discovered and asked if she wanted to be a model. Her life changed at that moment.

Becoming a successful and well-known supermodel, she got a chance to be able to give a meaning to what is important – the safety of refugees and raising awareness about their key problems.

„I truly believe that we are here as human beings to look after another human beings.“ – Alek says. 

She also believed in the young people of Africa and thought that, although they lost their homes, they don’t have to lose their future. Alek is an active supporter of UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) and is emphasizing the importance of education for young people.

„You can lose almost everything, but you can never lose your knowledge.“ – claims Alek. 

This woman represents a hope for every refugee out there, but also for every female battling her worth due to the defined standards of beauty. She opened up the possibilities of what fashion is and could look like. 

Alek Wek
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These three women really did make bold changes in the way people think nowadays.  We hope these female refugees inspired you to be the best version of yourself, to be brave and to achieve your goals – no matter how big they are. 

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ICT Supergirls konferencija: 200 djevojaka inspirirano životnim pričama ostvarenih žena

Koliko puta si čula uhoparajuću rečenicu „Ma nije to za cure!“ koja te, htjela ti to priznati ili ne, pomalo obeshrabrila? Susrećeš li se često s predrasudama baziranim isključivo na to što si ženskog spola? E, pa nećeš zadugo. Prije malo više od mjesec dana, točnije 4. svibnja, na Visokom učilištu Algebra, održana je osma po redu “ICT Supergirls” konferencija u organizaciji hrvatske travel tech kompanije Lemax. Inicijativa koja ima za cilj ohrabriti djevojke i žene u ostvarivanju karijera u ICTu i STEM djelatnostima te time potpuno ugasiti rodno stereotipne predrasude.

conference for women

Voditeljica u Lemaxu, a ujedno i organizatorica ICT Supergirls konferencije, Nataša Kapov Kostovski, zaželjela je dobrodošlicu svim posjetiteljima i najavila partnera ovogodišnjeg izdanja konferencije – Veleposlanstvo Kraljevine Švedske. Njihova veleposlanica, Diana Helen Madunic održala je kratki uvodni govor o švedskom pristupu društveno odgovornom poslovanju i važnosti rodne ravnopravnosti, s naglaskom na IT industriju.

ženska konferencija

Na tragu tematike rodne ravnopravnosti uslijedila je panel diskusija pod nazivom „Kako do karijere u IT svijetu?“. U raspravi su sudjelovale zaposlenice Lemaxa – Iva Vodopija, Ivana Dukić i Sina Šimić, koje su sve redom napravile zaokret u karijeri. Razgovor je moderirala još jedna zaposlenica Lemaxa, Ines Rudan, voditeljica marketinga. Objasnile su na koji način su savladale prepreke na putu i potvrdile kako žene itekako zaslužuju svoje mjesto u IT svijetu.

S njihovim mišljenjem se složila i Danica Kragic Jensfelt, koja se javila online iz Švedske i podijelila svoje iskustvo.

Osim upijanja iskustava kroz razna predavanja, gošće su dobile priliku za aktivacijom, tj. započinjanjem prvog koraka ka profesionalnom ostvarenju. Razgovor na temu „Kako naći IT mentora i ubrzati svoju karijeru?“ probudio je interes publike, a sve zahvaljujući Andrei Knez Karačić, Marini Grljušić i Nataši Kapov Kostovski koje su predstavile svoju „Mentoring Byte“ priču – inicijativu koja mladima pruža podršku IT mentora.

panel rasprava

Između predavanja je održan „Snack and networking time“, osmišljen kako bi se svi međusobno povezali i upoznali. U ugodnoj atmosferi i uz dobru hranu, gošće su imale priliku prići govornicama i saznati sve što ih zanima. Srednjoškolke i studentice iz raznih područja iznenadile su sve svojim interesom i zrelim mindestom.

ICT Supergirls 2022

Svoj profesionalni, ali i životni put, ispričale su Lada Vukšić iz Amplexora, Nada Kaurin Knežević iz Algebre, te profesor geografije i dobitnik svjetske nagrade za najboljeg profesora – Dejan Nemčić.

Dodatak čarobnoj girl empowering atmosferi bio je nastup ženskog zbora FERa Rezonanca koji je skladno upakirao kraj ovogodišnje priče.

zbor

Intenzivno, emotivno i motivirajuće. Energija s događaja zasigurno će ostati zapamćena još neko vrijeme, a mi se već sada veselimo organizaciji sljedeće godine.

Vjerujemo da, čitajući ovogodišnje dojmove, pomalo žališ što nam se nisi pridružio/la. Bez brige, zaprati nas na našem Facebook profilu i ostani u tijeku sa svim nadolazećim aktivnostima. Veselimo se upoznati te dogodine!

Prijavi se na ICT Supergirls 2022!

Mlada si, perspektivna, gladna izazova i željna uspjeha?

Još ne znaš kojim putem krenuti nakon srednje škole? Studiraš na fakultetu koji nema veze s IT-om, i nisi sigurna trebaš li razmatrati IT kao svoje buduće područje rada? Iako ti tehnologija zvuči zanimljivo, o njoj ne znaš previše i uvjerena si da je to industrija namijenjena isključivo dečkima?! Ne moraš se ponašati kao muškarac da bi uspjela u tehnološkoj industriji. Bez obzira što možda nisi sigurna ili misliš da to nije za tebe, budi hrabra, pomakni granice i izaberi karijeru u ICT-u! Moćno je biti drugačiji!

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Skok s geografije na IT, kako je to moguće?

Upišeš faks koji voliš. Misliš si: to je to. Time ću se baviti do penzije. Završiš faks. Nađeš posao u struci. Ali to na kraju ipak nije to. Nisi sretna, ne ispunjava te taj posao. I što sad? Nastaviti raditi u istoj branši samo zato jer si to studirala i ne želiš baciti u vjetar sve te godine koje si uložila? Ili se odvažiti krenuti putem koji te istinski privlači?

Danijela Poštić je srećom odabrala ovo drugo. Kada joj je prilika pokucala na vrata, objeručke ju je prihvatila i danas, iako je završila studij geografije, radi u IT tvrtki Lemax kao Specijalist za edukaciju klijenata. Danijela je živi dokaz da ti faks ne mora odrediti karijerni put i da uvijek postoji izbor.
Dođi na ICT Supergirls 2018 i poslušaj njenu priču!
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