I was inspired and encouraged by my work as a summer intern with the Global Co Lab Network to co found the International Movement for Resilience, Authenticity, and Activism (IMRAA): A Coalition of Women for Women. We held our first interest meeting on Sept 20th at the College of William & Mary. Close to 100 students from diverse academic, cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds united and shared their hopes for the organization as well as their  beliefs on the value of female empowerment. 
 
IMRAA will encourage youth to intentionally work towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals three and five: Good Health & Well-Being and Gender Equality. At our official launch meeting, the IMRAA Co-Founders presented on the background, purpose, mission, framework, and trajectory of the organization. More importantly, they emphasized the importance of building a safe, intersectional space where women of all races, religions, gender expressions, sexualities, socioeconomic statuses, abilities, and political views have a strong network of women behind them encouraging them to go forth, develop healthy and mindful habits, and live confidently.  
 
This organization is a growing movement of national and international student networks to empower the rising generation of women around the world — it is a highly special experience to witness its current development. Co founder Amna Baloul is also the new Mentor for the Global Co Lab Teens Dream Gender Equality Hub encouraging teen females to start similar clubs at high schools globally starting with her sister Fatima Baloul club in Alexandria Virginia!  Stay tuned for a blog on this unveiling!
 
IMRAA at William & Mary will be moving forward in the recognition process with Student Leadership Development, and will begin hosting regular meetings soon this semester on Thursdays from 6:00- 7:00 PM. The organization will also be promoting its powerful cause through tabling sessions at the College as well as holding an IMRAA social gathering in the coming weeks! If you are interested in beginning an IMRAA branch at your school, please contact: [email protected].  For more information, see our IMRAA presentation, below!