Anj Handa FRSA, Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers, and Elizabeth Wright FRSA, have been included in Generation Share, a visual storybook featuring 200 global changemakers. Produced by Sharing Economy expert Benita Matofska FRSA and photographer with purpose Sophie Sheinwald, it is a collection of changemaker stories which brings to life the phenomenon causing the most significant shift in society since the Industrial Revolution.
Generation Share places a spotlight on Anj Handa FRSA’s mentoring work, with her interview including one of her mentees, Ashley. Anj works intensively with a minimum of two mentees a year over a span of several years each. Her mentees have typically lived with pain and trauma, with their personal circumstances including domestic abuse and long-term mental health issues. She works to help people turn their lives around so that they, in turn, can pay it forward by mentoring others when they are ready.
The focus on Elizabeth Wright FRSA was placed on her work within schools. Originally from Australia but residing in Leeds, Elizabeth is a three-time Paralympic medal-winner, speaker and character development expert. She shares her strategies for resilience, wellbeing and success with children and adults alike, spreading positivity wherever she goes.
Published by Policy Press, Generation Share will be launched at the start of Global Sharing Week on 17 June. The book been printed from waste materials and is also compostable. Additionally, each copy sold will help to educate a slum-based girl in India and to plant a tree via the Eden Poverty and Reforestation Project.
The World Book Tour will kick off at RSA Rawthmells Coffeehouse in London at lunchtime on 21 June and then will then tour the UK and abroad, visiting cities such as San Francisco, Mumbai, Paris and Lisbon.
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The Leeds leg of the book tour takes place at 7pm on 18 July at Waterstones in Leeds.
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Inspiring Women Changemakers is also running Igniting Summer, a summer BBQ with six speakers which will take place on 28 June in Leeds. It is a joyous event, created to celebrate the achievements of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in society.
Speakers include acclaimed musician and mental health campaigner Miranda Arieh, Suman Kaur (winner of the BBC Big Painting Challenge in 2017), independent advocate Dorothy Hodgkinson FRSA, Women’s Equality Party candidate Dr. Jean Laight FRSA, postgrad student and inclusion consultant Lucy Ndlovu and Shaun Connell from the Business Enterprise Fund. See programme here.
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In May 2018, the RSA formed a partnership with women-led changemaker movement, Inspiring Women Changemakers, based on a shared commitment to social change, and to help create a more diverse and representative RSA Fellowship that can create meaningful change.
Inspiring Women Changemakers gives changemakers the platform, confidence, connections and skills to make and influence change at scale. Based in Leeds, Inspiring Women Changemaker’s reach and profile has extended not just within the UK but as far afield as Canada and Australia.