Speakers at #LDUN 2016 – Gender Equality & Peace

We’re excited to announce the speakers and Round table discussion participants for this year’s Lions Day with the United Nations (LDUN), held in New York City on March 12, 2016. This group of volunteers, human rights activists, writers, youth and U.N. representatives will be speaking about their views on the 2016 LDUN theme “Gender Equality and Peace,” and how Lions, Leos and the United Nations can work together to empower young girls and boys.

Join the conversation on March 12 by following @lionsclubs and #LDUN on Twitter.


tennille-amorTennille Amor

Singer/Songwriter, Philanthropist, Actor

Cofounder, E.P.I.C. (Everyday People Initiating Change)


Tennille Amor is a talented creative writer on varying platforms, a public speaker, and a recognized and respected leader. She is working directly with UN Women to promote Gender Equality through the United Nations, she is the co-founder of E.P.I.C. (Everyday People Initiating Change), drilling clean water wells and contributing to community growth and development in Tanzania, Africa, and was a global brand ambassador for Quiksilver Women for five years. Her debut album, “EVOLVE through LOVE,” will be released in the Spring of 2016, and includes the songs “Lion” and “I am a Girl.”


#LDUN Nilofar BakhtiarNilofar Bakhtiar

Lions Clubs Past International Director

Sawaan Valley Lions Club

In 1999, PID Nilofar Bakhtiar was elected as Lions Clubs International’s first female international director. A senator in Pakistan, she has worked tirelessly to improve the social status of women as well as health and education in her country.


jimmie-briggsJimmie Briggs


Executive Director Emeritus and Co-Founder, Man Up Campaign


Over the past two decades, Jimmie Briggs has earned a reputation as a respected human rights advocate in the field of journalism, lecturer and educator.

For his work with Man Up Campaign and the issue of violence against women, Briggs was selected as the winner of the 2010 GQ Magazine “Better Men Better World” Search, as well as one of Women’s eNews’ 21 Leaders for the 21st Century in 2011.


Debbie-CantrellDebbie Cantrell

Lebanon Host Lions Club

White House Champion of Change

Debbie Cantrell is a member of the Lebanon Host Lions Club and has been a Lion for more than 10 years. Since becoming a Lion, she has been trained to lead, be confident and take pride in the organization. She was extensively involved with relief and rebuilding efforts in Joplin, Mo., following the devastating F-5 tornado in May of 2011.


Ratna Choudhry

Lions Quest Senior Trainer


Ratna Choudhry is a Senior Trainer for Lions Quest, a Lions Clubs International Foundation youth education program built on the foundation of Social and Emotional Learning. She believes that young girls can be what they want to be and not try to fit into the stereotype that has been created for them by parents and society. She is based in Delhi, India.


katie-jo-jackson-croppedKatie Jackson

President, Sundre High Leo Club

Katie Jackson is a senior at Sundre High School in Sundre, Alberta, Canada, and the president of the Sundre High School Leo Club. As a charter member, she has been involved with Leos for four years. Last year, the club focused mainly on projects dealing with gender equality.


Ravi Karkara #LDUNRavi Karkara

Senior Adviser Strategic Partnership & Advocacy to the Assistant Secretary-General; Deputy Executive Director of UN-Women


Ravi Karkara is a trained social worker with commitment to advance human rights, participation, inclusion and gender equality, accountability and social justice. He has worked with several organizations on gender mainstreaming with a specific focus on children, youth and women.


Syed-Mahmood-KazmiSyed Mahmood Kazmi

Global Youth and Human Rights Activist


Syed Mahmood Kazmi is a Global Youth and Human Rights Activist advocating for the Women Rights, Gender Equality, Education and Peace & Security.

He is also a writer/blogger on topics including Youth Issues, Women Empowerment, Human Rights, Child Labor and Peace Initiatives.

osotimehin-babatundeDr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Executive Director, United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA)


Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin is a physician and public health expert, and holds the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. Prior positions include Nigeria’s Minister of Health and Director-General of Nigeria’s National Agency for the Control of AIDS.

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