Tajamul Islam made history at the World Kickboxing Championship in Italy, where she made India proud by becoming the first player ever from the sub-junior category to clinch a gold medal, at just 8 years old. In five days, Tajamul won six games grabbing eyeballs across the globe. Her opponent was 13-year-old but that did not deter Tajamul, as she knocked her down in just 15 minutes and became the youngest girl to win a national medal. This wonder girl created a sensation in the valley with her hard work and went back to an incredibly proud village and school — Army Goodwill School, Bandipora. In fact, kickboxing is not even her forte. She excels in wushu and is also doing well in taekwondo. What an incredibly talented young girl! We’d pay to see her put some misogynistic men in their place.
Dr. Tebello Nyokong is an award-winning South African chemist and Rhodes University professor, who grew up in Lesotho where she and other children alternated days between watching sheep in the fields and going to the classroom. From her rural upbringing, Dr. Nyokong became an internationally acclaimed scientist who is recognised for her work. The professor's breakthrough in cancer research led to her winning the UNESCO L’Oréal Award, and the Order of Mapungubwe for her contributions in Science - South Africa’s highest order. Her work shows how photodynamic therapy, which requires the use of the same dye that gives denim its blue colour, to generate toxins that kill cancerous cells without harming the healthy ones. The African Union awarded the scientist in 2016 with the Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award. Dr. Nyokong is proof that African women can pursue the sciences at a high-level, and her work is exactly what the world needs now.
Though only 14, Sydney-based Stephanie Kurlow is not too young to go big and reach the stars. She is all set to become the first hijab-clad Muslim ballerina in the history of professional dancing and show the world that dance has no religion. Back in 2010, when her family embraced Islam, she went very close to giving up her childhood dream of pursuing dance as a career. Religious norms and cynical eyes had lowered her confidence. However, she was quick to pull herself up and chalk out a plan. She has launched a fundraiser to afford her ballet classes and wishes to open a performing arts school in future for people of all culture. Nothing will stop Stephanie getting her dream and we can’t wait to see all the young girls and talent she inspires. Keep dancing Stephanie!
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