While searching for a way to connect with other passionate young women in the middle of a global pandemic, a Wagga teenager decided to take things into her own hands.
In August this year, Karin Rezkalla launched the website PhenomeWomen as a way to share her thoughts on important issues.
The website has since blossomed into an online community for socially-conscious young women from over 50 different countries around the world.
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The 15-year-old Riverina Anglican College student said launching the platform has been an insightful experience, which has opened her eyes to a myriad of new issues across the world.
"I used to attend UN Youth events in Sydney before COVID of course and I realised it's a five-hour drive to get there plus accommodation costs," Miss Rezkalla said.
"So during the pandemic I thought there must be an easier way for me to have my voice heard about these important issues that we all need to be talking about and that's when I got the idea for PhenomeWomen."
Over 100 young women between the ages of 13 and 18 are now members on the platform, which they use to post essays and hold discussions on topics like sexism, racism and climate change.
"We have members from America, Africa, Australia, China, Japan, Europe - all these amazing places over the world," Miss Rezkalla said.
"Even though we are so different geographically, we have been able to connect on these issues which are international. It has been amazing to connect with them on such a deep level."
Miss Rezkalla invited any interested young women to get involved.
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