Empowering Global Leaders

A group of four young women greet U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and Donya Nasser shakes his hand.

Donya Nasser (center) meets U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

November 09, 2015

Donya Nasser has some advice for young girls today: “Claim your right to the table. Don’t just claim it, demand it.”

That’s what Nasser has done. And now, at age 22, she’s made it all the way to the United Nations, thanks to the development and connections she received through AAUW.

This Giving Tuesday, AAUW
is fighting to close the
gender pay gap.
Join us!

Blog_giving tuesday donate button

The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) and the U.S. Department of State selected Nasser to serve as the 2015–16 U.S. youth observer to the United Nations. Nasser’s new position is the culmination of years of honing her leadership skills through AAUW’s programs. Two years ago, she served as one of AAUW’s first U.N. youth representatives and later became a member of the Student Advisory Council and attended Clinton Global Initiative University with AAUW.

Over the next year Nasser will attend high-level meetings and forums and speak to UNA-USA chapters across the country. She will also blog and tweet about her experiences.

“This role is a dream come true,” says Nasser, who recently graduated from St. John’s University. “I’ll be representing American youth at the U.N. and then bringing back the work of the U.N. to them.” She plans to focus specifically on gender equality, civic engagement, transforming global fear into solidarity, and uniting youth.

In her AAUW U.N. youth representative role, Nasser inspired Girl Advocates (a group of younger girls who participate in U.N. activities) and others through her work and presentations during the Commission on the Status of Women in 2014.

These experiences, says Nasser, provided critical networking opportunities and opened doors to help get her where she is today. “Oftentimes people try to be successful by mirroring what others are doing,” she says. “But success is not about that. It’s about finding what you are passionate about. Your passion will shine through, and that is how you achieve success. I have loved everything I’ve done.”

See how Nasser went from AAUW programs to the floor of the United Nations:

Watch video on YouTube

“It’s an exciting time to be in a leadership position at the U.N.,” says Melissa Guardaro, AAUW’s volunteer U.N. representative. “Now it’s time for youth to find their voice and speak their own truth. Nasser’s role in engaging youth and communicating their positions will help shape the global agenda.”

With a strong network and the right leadership development, women can go wherever they dream. You can make sure AAUW’s campus leadership opportunities and global programs help more young women reach their potential.

This story was written for the 2015 AAUW annual report by Beth Pearsall.

To support AAUW’s leadership programs and global work, please give to the AAUW Fund.

By:   |   November 09, 2015

21 Comments

  1. sbo says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] There you will find 87495 more Information to that Topic: ww3.aauw.org/2015/11/09/donya/ […]

  2. … [Trackback]

    […] Information on that Topic: ww3.aauw.org/2015/11/09/donya/ […]

  3. … [Trackback]

    […] There you can find 7976 more Information on that Topic: ww3.aauw.org/2015/11/09/donya/ […]

  4. … [Trackback]

    […] Info on that Topic: ww3.aauw.org/2015/11/09/donya/ […]

  5. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More here on that Topic: ww3.aauw.org/2015/11/09/donya/ […]

  6. check it out says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Info on that Topic: ww3.aauw.org/2015/11/09/donya/ […]

  7. buy cc says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Here you will find 27765 additional Information to that Topic: ww3.aauw.org/2015/11/09/donya/ […]

  8. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More on that Topic: ww3.aauw.org/2015/11/09/donya/ […]

  9. shoutmyblog says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Info on that Topic: ww3.aauw.org/2015/11/09/donya/ […]

  10. 슬롯게임 says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Read More to that Topic: ww3.aauw.org/2015/11/09/donya/ […]

  11. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on on that Topic: ww3.aauw.org/2015/11/09/donya/ […]

  12. relx says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Find More Info here to that Topic: ww3.aauw.org/2015/11/09/donya/ […]

  13. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More Information here on that Topic: ww3.aauw.org/2015/11/09/donya/ […]

  14. … [Trackback]

    […] Info on that Topic: ww3.aauw.org/2015/11/09/donya/ […]

  15. … [Trackback]

    […] Information on that Topic: ww3.aauw.org/2015/11/09/donya/ […]

  16. … [Trackback]

    […] Read More on that Topic: ww3.aauw.org/2015/11/09/donya/ […]

  17. Urban Nido says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Here you can find 36168 additional Info to that Topic: ww3.aauw.org/2015/11/09/donya/ […]

  18. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More here to that Topic: ww3.aauw.org/2015/11/09/donya/ […]

  19. DevSecOps says:

    … [Trackback]

    […] Find More on on that Topic: ww3.aauw.org/2015/11/09/donya/ […]

  20. … [Trackback]

    […] Find More on on that Topic: ww3.aauw.org/2015/11/09/donya/ […]

  21. […] taking action to challenge the status quo and lead the fight for social justice. From serving as U.N. youth representatives to (successfully) fighting to establish campus sexual assault crisis centers, young people across […]

Join the Conversation

You must be logged in to post a comment.