Obama Foundation (@obamafoundation) — The Obama Foundation is a living, working start-up for citizenship — an ongoing project for us to shape, together, what it means to be a good citizen.
When Maria, Julia, and Yomi met at the #ObamaTownHall Europe, they discovered they were all working towards equality for women in different sectors in Greece, France, and Sweden. While their work is different, they connected over what guides them: a vision and a mission to see women fully standing in their power. (Left to Right: Julia Mouzon, France, is the Founder of Elues Locales, a network that supports women working in local governments through programming and relationship building; Maria Gianniou, Greece, is the co-founder of Women Act to empower women to fully embrace their political, social, cultural and economic potential; Yomi Abiola, Sweden, is the Founder of The Fem League to transform the narrative of women in the world through media.)
More tools. More resources. More attention. And a little bit of inspiration. That was our goal when we convened hundreds of young leaders from across the continent for the #ObamaTownHall Europe—a chance for them to ask questions and converse with President @BarackObama. Take a look:
“We all have a role to play in changing the narrative around substance use disorders and addiction in general. Important work like this is rarely easy, but if we do everything we can to see these conditions as chronic health issues as opposed to moral failings or choices, people will be able to access the critical care they need more easily and long-term recovery will be more attainable.” On #worldhealthday, meet one of our #ObamaFellows, Navdeep Kang. At a time when more than 130 people in the US are dying after overdosing on opioids every day, Nav is leading a charge to break down the siloed ways the healthcare system treats addiction. By training doctors and nurses not only to treat physical symptoms, but to also address the underlying behavioral causes of chronic diseases, his team at Mercy Health Addiction Treatment Collaborative is saving lives in Southwest Ohio.
Yesterday in Berlin, @barackobama heard from hundreds of young leaders from 37 countries across the European continent. He answered their questions about carrying out meaningful change with personal anecdotes about family dinners, thought on philosophy—and even a few jokes. Take a look through some of our favorite moments from the #ObamaTownHall Europe.
As a native of a small fishing town in Denmark, Nima Tisdall got hooked on making fish farming fresh and sustainable. She co-founded the @blue_lobster_app to make it easier and more affordable to buy fresh, locally sourced fish. See her work in pictures at the link in our bio.
As a young refugee in Germany, Aminata Touré didn’t see herself represented in government. To change that, she decided to run for office—and became the youngest and first black member of Parliament in Schleswig-Holstein. This weekend, President Obama is convening hundreds of civic leaders like Aminata for a conversation about how to expand their work at the #ObamaTownHall in Berlin.
Nedgine Paul Deroly and Celina de Sola wanted to help their home communities break free of systemic poverty and violence. By providing quality education and new experiences to young people in Haiti and El Salvador, @anseyepouayiti and @glasswingi are empowering communities to change their narratives. #ObamaFellows
“Seeing this painful contrast in opportunities for these young girls on a daily basis put me on my path to working in child advocacy.” Edem Dorothy Ossai, one of our #ObamaScholars, is working to bridge opportunity gaps for women and girls and provide mentoring opportunities for youth throughout Africa—and it all started with mobile libraries in Nigeria. Read about her work through her words at the link in our bio.
“When I show up, I show up not just to feed them. I show up with love.” When Michael Airhart was a kid on the South Side of Chicago, his family fell on hard times. Now, he spends every day traveling across the city to ensure Chicagoans in need can get a warm meal.
Last month, #MBKRising brought together the growing network of MBK Communities, young men of color, and the organizations working hard to help them achieve their dreams. See some of the faces who are doing their part to improve the lives of boys and young men of color in their communities at the link in our bio.