Danai Gurira

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Jackie Ocampo, Staff Writer

Danai Gurira was born on February 14, 1978 and is an American actress and playwright.  She is best know for her roles in Black Panther and The Walking Dead. Recently, Gurira was honored at the annual CARE Impact Awards, at the Mandarin Oriental in New York. The dinner celebrated individuals and improvements who create possibility for girls and ladies around the world while telling the memories of individuals who champion the reason.

“I have constantly had an ardour for women and women, a hope to look them characteristic on the same gambling field as guys and feature the same opportunities and appropriate protections,” said Gurira. “I need to be more than an actress and storyteller but an advice for girls, not handiest in developing countries but all over the world.”

The motive is near Gurira’s heart, as she unfolded her personal nonprofit, Love Our Girls, to bring cognizance to the injustices faced by ladies globally. For the duration of her career, Gurira has performed characters who are various, frequently flawed, complex, and multi-dimensional. She is also a severely acclaimed award-winning writer who works relentlessly to bring the voices of unheard women, frequently survivors of violence, to the front and center; and scripts narratives as her act of resistance and team spirit with girls’ realities around the world.

In South Africa, Gurira will also engage with over 200 young women leaders at the African Leadership Academy, discussing their challenges and experiences within academia and the work force, and in ending violence against women, as part of the ongoing Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence global campaign. This year’s UN theme, “Orange the World: #HearMeToo,” seeks to broaden the global conversation and highlight the voices and activism of all survivors of violence and advocates around the world, many of whom are often missing from the media headlines and social media discussions.