What a hopping October!! Here's our monthly roundup of Modest Moments that really blew us away. We are blessed to live in a world full of modest women who are purely inspirational. To many more!
1. Just when the Fashion Week era seemed over, Africa Fashion Week came and blew us all away. Designers throughout Africa had the opportunity to display their work on the international stage. Most notably, Ethiopian designer Mahlet Afework employs weavers all over Ethiopia. She recently explained to CNN: "In Ethiopia we have more than 500 underemployed female weavers in each village. We have a responsibility to give them a job -- and then show their work to the world." She hires local women to create the clothing, and in exchange they share with her their history.
2. On October 2nd, the groundbreaking documentary He Named Me Malala was released in theaters. The documentary describes the story of Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani woman who was targeted and shot by the Taliban on her was back from school because of her activism for women's education in Pakistan. Malala survived the potentially fatal shot to her head and lived to tell the story become a leading advocate of girls' rights. Malala's inspirational story was recognized as she received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
3. Meet Julia, Sesame Street's first character with autism. On October 21st, Sesame Street introduced its first character with autism onto the screen as part of its educational initiative on children and autism. Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, a Senior Vice President at Sesame Street Workshop, told People Magazine: "Our goal is to bring forth what all children share in common, not their differences. Children with autism share in the joy of playing and loving and being friends and being part of a group." In this initiative, Sesame Street Workshop hopes to bring awareness to autism among children.
4. During times of tension in the Middle East, JK Rowling was among 150 signatories in a letter calling for coexistence, calling against cultural boycotts of Israel. The letter states: "Cultural boycotts singling out Israel are divisive and discriminatory, and will not further peace. Open dialogue and interaction promote greater understanding and mutual acceptance, and it is through such understanding and acceptance that movement can be made towards a resolution of the conflict." World renowned author Rowling, known for her Harry Potter series, is herself not a political figure. How much more inspiring is it, then, that Rowling took initiative in the political arena and publicly voiced her view in hopes of bringing peace.
5. On October 14th, the Women's Forum Global Meeting began. The conference, held in France with thousands of men and women participants, is one of the ways the Women's Forum promotes its aims to "bring together leaders from all over the world – women and men – representing the business world, the government, academic circles, culture, etc. in order to give new perspectives to key issues in our present and our future; to create a powerful, global network in order to strengthen the influence of women throughout the world; to draw up innovative and concrete action plans to encourage women’s contribution to society and promote diversity in the business world." The conference had various meetings and workshops from big companies such as Paypal and actively brainstormed toward a better, more equal and more interconnected world.