In 2006, Mary was one of the first girls to join the Global Give Back Circle, a mentorship program to enable girls to step up. Mary was then chosen to represent the Global Give Back Circle and was on stage with President Clinton in the 2009 opening plenary session of CGI in New York. Mary left CGI with a full four-year scholarship to the American University of Dubai (AUD) and will soon graduate. Mary developed an interest in women education, health and specifically reproductive health.
The theme of the 4th Global TEDxChange event was Positive Disruption. We have asked our speakers and partners and supporters to try and explain what it means to them. For us the best example of positive disruption has been the incredible work done by two youngster to help fight polio in their neighborhood in India.
Dr. Shiblu Shansudeem
Shibilu Shamsudeen is one of the co-founders and former President of the Emirates Medical Students’ Society and also a former Regional Assistant to the Vice President for External Affairs in the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations. He has been involved in various projects ranging from Humanitarian Relief, Public Health and Reproductive Health including AIDS in countries like India, UAE and USA.
Salim and Sikha
Salim Shekh, a boy of 15 years, lives in a polluted slum in East Kolkata, India. Sikha Patra, a girl of 15 years, lives in an Indian slum called Neheru Colony. This dynamic duo has been engaged in eradicating polio from their community, developing a map which they plan to share online with the global audience to make their invisible community visible.