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Global Citizen FellowshipThe Global Citizen Fellowship is dedicated to creating solutions that will help alleviate global poverty. The program is based in Nigeria and South Africa. It focuses on encouraging members of the younger generation to join the fight in ending extreme poverty. Some members of the Global Citizen Fellowship have gone far and beyond to help achieve this goal. The program’s #MoveTheWorld Mondays social media movement inspires more people to get involved in ending extreme poverty.

What to Know About The Global Citizen Fellowship

The Global Citizen Fellowship began in 2018 and is open to citizens ages 21 through 25 who reside in Nigeria and South Africa. The inspiration behind creating the program was based on young citizens of Africa suffering from barriers such as unemployment. As a part of the BeyGOOD Initiative, the Global Citizen Fellowship prioritizes a focus on extreme poverty. The purpose of the Global Citizen Fellowship is to provide experiences that will help young people fight to end extreme poverty. One of the components of the Global Citizen Fellowship includes skills development. The 2021 program began in July and will continue through the year.

Global Citizen Fellowship’s Advisory Council

Some of the young people involved in this year’s program are currently members of the advisory council. Bonang Matheba founded the Bonang Matheba Bursary Fund, which advocates for issues such as providing free sanitary products. Aisha Yesufu is involved in the Bring Back Our Girls Movement and has held an entrepreneurial role for more than two decades. Charmaine Houvet is Cisco Africa’s public policy director and works with projects like the Global Broadband Plan for Refugees Project. Hamzat Lawal dedicates efforts to supporting the younger generation and is the leader of Connected Development. Nozipho Tshabalala is a phenomenal leader in the broadcasting field and works with Global Citizen, Learn Reflect Mobilise Grow and the World Bank. Tumi Sole is a corporate attorney fighting for social justice with his organization #CountryDuty.

One Way to Support Global Citizen

One trend created by Global Citizen Live will be beneficial to supporting the fight to end extreme poverty. Global Citizen recently created #MoveTheWorld Mondays to post on social media platforms. The purpose of #MoveTheWorld Mondays is to share one action weekly on Global Citizen’s accounts that can help end extreme poverty. People will have the opportunity to participate in the cause by taking actions shared in each post. One of the benefits of participating in #MoveTheWorld Mondays includes being able to attend events.

The Global Citizen Fellowship, a program created in 2018, encourages young people to join the fight to end extreme poverty. Many Africans, especially the younger generation, suffer from unemployment and other barriers. Therefore, it is important for people to contribute to fighting extreme poverty. Members of the Global Citizen Fellowship’s advisory council express their passion for helping their communities through their occupations. Global Citizen’s #MoveTheWorld Mondays can inspire more people to participate in ending extreme poverty.

– Chloe Moody
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10 Humanitarian Quotes by Famous Musicians

Oftentimes, popular music artists are known for their radio hits or Grammy nominations. However, several artists in the music industry are using their platform for more than just promoting their newest hit singles; many are working to change the lives of the world’s poor. Listed below are 10 humanitarian quotes by famous musicians:

Top 10 Humanitarian Quotes by Famous Musicians

  1. “I discovered that when I started making money, I didn’t really need it. When you have such an excess of money you don’t need, the most sensible, most human, and completely obvious thing to do is to give to people in need.” Avicii, the late electronic musician, DJ and songwriter said in a 2013 interview.
  2. “If we can overcome the education deficit in the developing world, everybody wins.” Rihanna on fighting for the education of girls in developing countries.
  3. “I want to be more involved outside just my community of Chicago. I want to travel overseas and help out people all over the world. . . I’m a good man, and I’m going to become a better man.” Chance the Rapper, in his 2017 acceptance speech at the BET Humanitarian Award for his work transforming Chicago public schools.
  4. “In an uncertain world, a strong military is essential, but the best bulwark against violent extremism is hope and opportunity.”Bono, lead singer of Irish rock band U2, in a speech on development and extremism.
  5. We must come together – individuals, governments, corporations, philanthropists and artists – as one and fight for the rights of children and families suffering unnecessarily from this dreadful disease.”Alicia Keys, R&B singer, during an address at the 16th International Aids Conference in Toronto in 2006
  6. “It doesn’t matter if you are a musician, a business leader, a president or a student. We all have a responsibility to give back.”Shakira, Colombian singer in an interview with Americas Quarterly about building support for global childhood education.
  7. “You don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian. You don’t have to be rich to help somebody. You don’t gotta be famous . . . It starts with your neighbor, the person right next to you. You just do whatever you can to help in any way that you can. All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian.” Rihanna in her acceptance speech for the Harvard Humanitarian Award in 2017.
  8. “I’ve seen the power of the human spirit translated into compassion and extraordinary global progress. This has been the most important lesson of my life. Nothing is more profound or more powerful than recognizing our common humanity.” Elton John, Grammy award-winning artist in his acceptance speech for the Harvard Foundation’s Humanitarian Award.
  9. “We’re all in this together. Each and every one of us can make a difference by giving back.”Beyoncé, in her mission statement her global poverty initiative BeyGood.
  10. “Change only takes place when and where there is action. . . I believe through actions, whether it be through awareness, getting involved or educating ourselves, the goal to end extreme poverty by 2030 is possible.”Jay-Z, rap and hip-hop artist, in his announcement to join the Global Citizen Project (organized by the Global Poverty Project) in 2014

– Sam Elster
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