The program will explore diverse flavors of activism through a dynamic lecture and workshop series featuring world-class thought leaders and fellow changemakers across the globe.

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As part of the Changemakers Academy, students will focus on analyzing and challenging the state of gender equity in our world today. Through a comprehensive three-week digital workshop, students will unpack the roots of inequity and gain tools to become an empowered agent of change for their communities. The program will be delivered in a dynamic case-study format featuring global visionaries and offer the opportunity to engage with students around the globe.


Upon program completion, participants are required to commit to a project or initiative within their local communities to fight towards the liberation of gender discrimination. Students will have the support of fellow young global leaders participating throughout the program and the broader #TeamVidya network.


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July 3, 2021


Submit your "letter to the world" to showcase your interest in community-led activism


Complete a series of preliminary readings to support discussions 

and workshop case studies


Apply learnings in the form of a personal commitment or community-based project related to gender equity


Engage in thought-provoking discussions facilitated by visionary gender equity experts 


Communicate and network regularly with fellow changemakers across the globe via a private network

featured academy lecturers 

Maliha Abidi

Maliha Abidi is a Pakistani-American artist, author and a Neuroscience student. Her artwork has centered around activism and has fueled empowering conversations on social media. 

Maliha has collaborated with organizations including the United Nations, Malala Foundation, and more. She is now leveraging art to grow her latest venture, The Story of Mental Health.

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Karma Ekmekji

Karma is a Mediation Advisor with UN Women and the founder of #Diplowomen, an initiative to share knowledge, develop mentorship opportunities, and strengthen networking in the field of diplomacy, peacemaking, conflict resolution, mediation, and negotiation. 

Previously, she was the International Affairs and Relations Advisor to former Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri