Durdana Choudry is a second-year International Business student at York University. Her passion for girls’ rights led her to join Plan International Canada’s Speakers Bureau in 2016, where she honed her public engagement skills. Since then, she has continued to advocate for gender equality, girls’ rights, and sexual and reproductive health with Plan International Canada.
As an international business student, Durdana believes more entrepreneurs should take up social justice issues and strive to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges through innovation and compassion.
Durdana recently travelled to Ghana with a group of nine other Canadian youth advocates as part of Plan International Canada’s Change the Birth Story campaign. They spent a week with a group of ten Ghanaian adolescent leaders, exchanging ideas and strategies for creating change and empowering young people to achieve gender equality. As a group, they also visited communities where they witnessed firsthand some of the challenges and barriers women and girls face when seeking maternal, sexual or reproductive health services, as well as the programs Plan International is implementing to help remove these barriers.
As a youth advocate, she is looking forward to drawing on her learnings and sharing her experiences with her community to inspire change and champion equality.