UN Women’s Global Champion for Women’s Economic Empowerment and change-maker Kanchan Amatya was honoured by former American president Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation with the Clinton Global Initiative Presidential Honor Roll Award at the 2017 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) University in Boston. Way to go! Congratulations Kanchan. I last wrote about Kanchan when she successfully made it to the TOP 5 at the 2015 Special Olympics Impact Summit – Pitch Pit Challenge in California.
Amatya is the founder and executive director of Sustainable Fish Farming Initiative in Nepal which has supported women by providing them financial independence through fish farming and empowering the status of women in their villages. With the CGI University meeting bringing over 1000 plus young change-makers from across 90 countries, the event made more than 750 Commitments to Action for this and the future generations challenges in focus. A funding of $750,000 will be made available to selected CGI U 2017 attendees to help them turn their ideas into action.
I am really impressed with the Clinton Foundation’s work with young people and supporting entrepreneurship, sustainable development as well as social action. It would be incredible to have similar organisations in Nepal. Of course, reading stories of Nepalis at home or abroad making a mark is always a positive! It’s important that we continue sharing such examples and individuals so we can show people that we can go ‘there’ and do ‘that’. Congrats Kanchan!