The initiator: Kamilla Sultanova

Global Dignity Girls and Boys is initiated by Kamilla Sultanova. Inspired by Soulaima Gourani and her team’s dignity work in Denmark, she brought Global Dignity Girls successful concept to Finland and has since then been engaging with her team of volunteers to expand the event. The Global Dignity Girls and Boys events originate both from Denmark.

Kamilla is born and raised in Uzbekistan and has lived in Scandinavia since the age of 18. She has had a successful career in shipping companies in Scandinavia, including Maersk Line, world’s largest container company. She is also event producer, public speaker and member of “40 under 40” Young European Leader and German Marshall Fund Transatlantic Inclusion Network. She runs Global Dignity Girls & Boys NGO in Finland to empower Finnish youth with dignity, tolerance, self-confidence and power to dream by arranging speaker events.

Since 2008 she has been involved in diversity and inclusion debates in Denmark to advocate on employment opportunities for Danes from minority backgrounds via Danish Associations Kvinfo and Novum. She has also advocated for gender equality of migrant women in politics and has been part of European Women Lobby 50/50 Gender parity campaign during 2014 European Parliament elections.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world”

Kamilla Sultanova

Founder, Global Dignity Boys & Girls ry

About Global Dignity

Global Dignity is a non-profit organization built up by volunteers, who work to give the youth of the world a strong understanding of dignity. The organization was established in 2006 by HRH Crown Prince Haakon (Norway), Professor Pekka Himanen (Finland) and founder of Operation HOPE, John Hope Bryant (United States).

The co-founders created Global Dignity in 2006. Since then they have worked with many Young Global Leaders, Global Shapers, Schwab Social Entrepreneurs and other partners in over  60 countries, hosting what are known as Dignity Days. This involves visiting local schools and communities around the world and teaching a “course in dignity” to youth. Global Dignity has also been very successful in Finland, where in the last years there has been a range of free events held.

“In a world where it seems no-one agrees on anything, a world where politics divides, religion divides, and race and even cultural borders seem to divide, dignity is something that everyone can agree on.”

Global Dignity Co-Founders

Global Dignity Girls & Boys

Teenage years are a fragile and turbulent time, where young people are to a larger degree influenced by societal pressure to achievements, looks and success in all walks of life. Therefore, an organization such as Global Dignity puts emphasis on such activities, which can contribute to teenagers’ awareness of how they can get a positive self-esteem and believe that they are good enough to follow their dreams. Under the headline of Global Dignity Girls Finland, our team of volunteers arranged a first special event for girls in 7th to 9th grades with the goal to put self-esteem, self-confidence and cheerfulness on the girls’ agenda.

“We need to give teenage girls a boost of dignity. We need to inspire them and make them believe that they can have a great influence on their future careers”

Soulaima Gourani

Country Chairman, Global Dignity Danmark