Former UN adviser shares inspiring journey in new memoir

Elizabeth Nyamayaro’s new memoir, “I Am A Girl From Africa,” tells the incredible story of a girl whose near-death experience and perseverance sparked a dream that changed the world.
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Learn more at airwick.us. We're back now with the bowl of insration served to a little girl in Africa with remarkable implications for the rest of the world. My book is called "I am a girl from Africa" and it's a memoir that tracks my life journey from my small African village in Zimbabwe to the united nations in New York City, where I was working as a senior adviser. I grew up in a small African village in Zimbabwe. When I turned eight, a severe drought hit my village and literally turned everything upside down for us and one day I was so sick from hunger that I was unable to move, and then suddenly, a miracle happened, this girl in a blue uniform found me, and she gave me a bowl of porridge that literally saved my life. And a few years later, I learned that this woman actually worked for the united nations, and that became my dream to one day want to be just like her. In 2014, I found myself with this incredible opportunity. I had been appointed united nations senior adviser on gender equality and given the remarkable task to find a way to uplift women and girls. I am a he for she. I am a he for she. We are a he for she. One of the biggest challenges with gender inequality was that it has often been seen as an issue for women, led by women, and yes, it impacts all of us. He for she not only galvanized, you know, this huge momentum, we literally saw at least one man in every single country in the world join he for she within the first three days of launch. I wrote this book because I'm concerned about the status of the world. My story is a testament that girls can come from situations like mine, that where you are born should not diminish your dreams, and your current circumstances should never limit your potential. What a powerful, powerful message. Elizabeth nyamayaro's book "I am a girl from Africa" is available now.

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