Hey Changemaker!

Hey Changemaker!

Hey Changemaker! In this podcast, Julia Wiklander, Founder of Girls’ Globe, speaks with activists, advocates, founders, entrepreneurs, researchers and other changemakers - on the issues they care about and their journeys to doing something about it. Learn how to take inspired action and build movements of change. We’re here for uplifting conversations to build solidarity and hope - and to inspire you to use your gifts, passions, frustrations and uniqueness to follow your own purpose as a changemaker. The Hey Changemaker! podcast aims to inspire positive change for gender equality, human rights, social justice and sustainability around the world.


March 7, 2023 34 min

How can you stay hopeful when witnessing unspeakable crimes against women and girls? That and so much more in this episode of the Hey Changemaker! Podcast. 

Ruchira Gupta is an author and activist who believes in a world in which no child is bought or sold. After winning an Emmy for her documentary on sex-trafficking, she set up an NGO called Apne Aap, that has helped thousands of girls and women exit systems of sexua...

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Even in difficult and stressful times, one thing is certain we are MANY. We are activists, advocates, experts, allies, friends and people who want to say they did something. Encouragement and positivity is needed to continue our important work for gender equality, human rights, social justice and a sustainable and peaceful world. 

So, I’ve taken to the Girls’ Globe archives to pull out positive and encou...

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What's the status of gender equality in one of the world's most gender equal countries? 

When looking at gender equality rates globally, Sweden has been in the top 5 countries for a long time. Internationally, Sweden has been known for its focus on development, aid, gender equality and human rights. The previous government even pioneered a feminist foreign policy. However - recent years have seen a shift in the public...

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In most parts of the world, intimate partner violence is so frequent it can be called an epidemic. In South Africa, rates of gender based violence are five times higher than the global average. 

Bulelwa Adonis is a multi-passionate woman from South Africa using her voice to encourage, educate, entertain and be a mouthpiece for those who cannot speak.  She currently holds a Higher Certificate in Counselin...

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Understanding the anti-gender and anti-rights movements in Europe is essential to defending and safeguarding human rights and democracy in Europe and across the world - and for pushing for more progressive change for gender equality, human rights and in essence sustainability. 

My guest is Neil Datta, Founder and Executive Director of European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights. Neil ...

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Storytelling is an essential part of the life of any changemaker, and it is a necessary part of connecting with our own humanity and the humanity of others. 

In this episode, Sharon Kathryn D'Agostino, founder of SayItForward.org and co-host of The Power of Stories podcast, shares why storytelling is so powerful. We talk about the different ways (and why!) she is creating space for people, and women in particular, to share their st...

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January 24, 2023 17 min

It isn't easy to keep moving forward towards you dreams and goals - especially as a changemaker. In this episode, I share some simple things you can do to help you consistently move toward your goals and dreams. These small things can be life changing, and can really help you move forward this year. 


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January 17, 2023 12 min

As you plan for the year ahead and set your goals, you’ll notice that you may have to start new habits or build new beliefs about yourself. You'll have to work through disappointments and failures. Even research shows that working towards your goals can result in an emotional and physical toll. 

In this episode, I share how you can begin to consciously audit your mindset and the thoughts you have about yourself, the world and succe...

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What President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia said is especially true for changemakers.  "If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough. The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them.”

So, how do we set goals as changemakers? 

In this episode, I share a strategy to set holistic goals that looks a bit different from everything we've been taught about goals. Grab your journal and a pen, a...

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January 3, 2023 11 min

A new year is a perfect time for new beginnings - a time to reflect on our desires and goals, and to grow. For me, it isn’t about setting new year’s resolutions, but to tune in to my vision, my purpose and the big dreams I have for myself in the world. It’s about reflecting and creating an environment for positive change on a personal level. 

Join me for the entire month of January and let's gain clarity for the year ahead, to defi...

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This year has been pain upon pain upon pain for so many. We are managing both direct trauma of a rangde of different crises or the secondary trauma of witnessing them unfold in front of our eyes. 

For me, it has been incredibly important to name the trauma of being a changemaker, activist or advocate (whaterver you want to call it) in a world full of crises and pain. 

In this episode I shar...

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This episode is one that really looks into HOW to do socially transformative work in societies that are seen as extremely difficult and violent. My guest is Celina de Sola, co-founder and President of Glasswing International, an organization that addresses the root causes and consequences of poverty and violence in 12 countries across Latin America. They do this through community-based education and health, as well as...

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Dr. Maliha Khan is President and CEO of Women Deliver and has over 25 years of experience in international development and girls’ and women’s empowerment.

  In this episode, Maliha shares what brought her to work for the rights and health of women and girls in particular. We talk about her new role at Women Deliver and taking over after the organization’s reckoning with racism and white saviorism. Maliha shares her views on interna...
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Marit Törnqvist is an award-winning illustrator and children's book author. She has been involved with children's rights and book projects around the world. In recent years, she has worked to support asylum-seekers in Sweden and the Netherlands. On International Refugee Day 2022, Marit attracted attention with the installation 'The Big Loss' outside the parliament in Stockholm, where she had captured the stories of 502 refugees tha...

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What if young people made the decisions on development aid? What if they led funding for the change the world needs? That's the world Nasra Ayub is working to create. 

Nasra Ayub is a multi-award winning women’s rights campaigner, speaker and writer from Bristol in the United Kingdom. Nasra is a part of Global Fund for Children’s work and specifically supports the implementation of the Spark Fund, a glob...

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This episode is all about the importance of engaging in politics to fix our broken societies and create change ourselves, and I have a very special guest to help us navigate this topic! 

Amanda Litman is the co-founder and executive director of Run for Something, which recruits and supports young, diverse progressives running for local office in the United States. Since 2017, they’ve identified more than...

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Riya Williams Yuyada is a 31 year old women’s human rights and peace activist from South Sudan. She’s the founder & Executive Director of Crown The Woman-South Sudan, a national grassroots feminist organization that works to foster a future with zero tolerance for inequality, inequity, and injustice. 

Riya is also co-founder of Play for Peace South Sudan, which provides technical support to the South Sud...

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In this conversation we talk about the current situation with nuclear threats, Putin’s war in Ukraine and why nuclear disarmament is SO important. We talk about how we can all be a part of creating change on an issue that can seem so much bigger than ourselves - and the progress that is being made for a world free from nuclear weapons. We also talk about the stress and anxiety that comes with thinking about war, confl...

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November 1, 2022 46 min

In this episode we speak about being an activist at this time when the pushback on women’s rights around the globe is a reality. We talk about dealing with hopelessness, the situation in Iran and Lina shares insights into the next chapter of her life as an activist. 

Lina AbiRafeh is a global women’s rights expert and gender equality advocate with decades of experience worldwide.  Lina is a POWER HOUSE! 


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The Hey Changemaker! Podcast conversations with inspirational changemakers starts next week! Until then, I thought it would be a good idea to tell you a bit more about myself,. In this episode I share:

  • What brought me to starting Girls' Globe and leave a "dream job" at the UN
  • The impact that the pandemic had on our organization
  • An honest share about what Girls' Globe needs right now
  • Why this podcast is extra important to me rig...
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