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YCIS Beijing Graduate Changing the World for the Better

November, 2013
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helen-leung-interview-option-2Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) Graduate Helen Leung from Hong Kong is now in her third year studying at University of Hong Kong and recently received a great honor to represent China at the 2013 G(irls) 20 Summit. The Summit brings together one girl, aged 18-20, from each G20 country to look at the G20 Leaders agenda through the lens of the economic empowerment of girls and women. 

Regarding her role, Helen stated, “I am a facilitator – I currently facilitate social inclusion programs that bring youth across gender, race, and class together to bridge their differences and build a community through the core values of open-mindedness and understanding.” Helen’s experience within the G(irls) 20 Summit has enabled her to obtain a fresh outlook on the world and understand the kind of changes that may need to be implemented to improve the current world situation, “We need to systematically shift the perception of the entire community, women and men, to adopt a more inclusive and holistic approach to development. Hence, empowerment and advocacy need to be hand-in-hand. Economically empowered women are an embodiment of what change can look like for their community. Female social entrepreneurs are living proof of women’s ability to participate in the economic process while enhancing social capital. Change must happen not through other people, but organically within the members of the community themselves.”

 

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