Lets take a look at some of the most momentous events from all over the world that commemorate 2016!

  1. YUSRA MARDINI

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18 year old Yusra Mardini, a Syrian refugee, competed in the Rio Olympics under the Refugee Olympic Team.

 

 

 

2. SOUTH AFRICA’S PRIVATE SATELLITE 

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In May 2017, South Africa will be launching its first private satellite,  and all thanks to 14  South African teenage girls! This is an event of  many firsts!  

 

3. PRIDE PARADES IN INDIA

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The Pride Parades in India celebrating LGBT+ rights. Namma Pride Parade in Bengaluru (top) 2016, preceded by the Delhi Queer Pride Parade (right)  in 2015.

 

4. PAKISTAN’S TRANSGENDER MODEL

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Kami Sid, a Pakistani social activist, became the nation’s first transgender model!

 

 

 

 

 

5. INDIA PLANTS 50 MILLION TREES

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80,000 Indians planted nearly 50 million trees on July 11, 2016! If that isn’t historic, then what is?!

 

6. VIOLA DESMOND

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Viola Desmond, A Black Canadian civil rights activist who was from Nova Scotia, has been chosen as the face of the new $10 Canadian bill!

 

7. EGYPT PLAYS BEACH VOLLEYBALL – RIO OLYMPICS

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Women’s Beach Volleyball became an official Olympic sport in 1996. In 2006, Egypt participated for the first time. These captured moments are pretty iconic and empowering. 

 

 

 

 

 

8. GAMBIA BANS CHILD MARRIAGE

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Mr. Yahya Jammeh, President of Gambia, banned child marriage in Gambia on July 8th, 2016. 

 

 

 

9. ONE YOUNG WORLD-OTTAWA SUMMIT

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The One Young World Summit 2016 happened in Ottawa in September and we were there! 

 

10. LEO DICAPRIO WINS OSCAR

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Finally, Leonardo Dicaprio won the Oscars for Best Actor in  2016! Come on, that had to be in the list!

 

 

 

 

Definitely this year was tumultuous as well. But we can either choose to dwell in the negativity or we can take inspiration from all the amazing miracles happening around us and strive to make the coming year better.

These were my favourite moments commemorating the year 2016. What are your favourite moments? Comment below to share the highlights and inspiring events from your year.

The best is yet to come!