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Celma Costa (College Class of 2012) blazes her path

By 3 November 2022No Comments

Celma works for United Nations Women as the Communications Officer. She is passionate about women’s rights and has written and published in News24, Okayafrica, Between 10and5.

Celma achieved the Best Performing Delegate at the YALDA African Union Agenda  2063 Summit. She also achieved 1st Place in the Best Delegation Award 2015, issued by MUNSAU (Model United Nations South African Universities)

Celma shares her experiences with us:

What does my “dream work life” look like?

I recently went on my very first fieldwork trip, and it was there that I really grasped a fraction of the dedication and impact that UN Women and its partners are making in the lives of women and girls.

Zambezia is the second-most-populous province of #Mozambique, known affectionately by all Mozambicans as the place of great food, easy-going people, and fertile land.

It is also one of the provinces where the very first joint UN and Government Programme for adolescent girls, #RaparigaBiz, is being implemented.

I got to be right there, at the heart of it all, to witness first-hand how economic empowerment, financial literacy, and financial independence radically alter the path of an adolescent girl or young woman.

… I guess, for me, this is one of the things that comes to mind when I think about my “dream work life”.

I want to be in the heart of the action, learning, experiencing, and connecting with people who take ownership of their own lives, and in so doing, change the communities around them.

Last week, together with my colleagues and with their knowledge and immense support, I successfully delivered my very first act as the Focal Point of Generation Equality in UN Women Mozambique.

It’s been powerful to witness 150 Mozambican youth leaders take to that space and discuss their concerns and priorities on Climate Justice.

Mozambique, like so many other countries in the Global South, is increasingly more vulnerable to the consequences of Climate Change. Now consider that women and girls, whose lives are especially affected, are virtually absent from any discussions and decision-making processes on climate change.

This is why it’s so important to create spaces where young leaders, women, and girls, can openly imagine a better, more just world.

I am truly grateful to the UN Women Mozambique team for truly committing to youth voices, and for championing the cause for women and girls in all aspects of their lives!

#climatechange #leaders