Moroccan-Egyptian model Imaan Hammam is set to be the first to receive the She’s the First (STF) inaugural Powerhouse of the Year Award. On November 18, at the organization’s virtual Power Party, the two-time Vogue Arabia cover star will be rewarded for using her platform to advocate for women’s health, education, and equal rights, as its global ambassador. Hammam’s involvement with the organization began in 2019 when she took a learning trip to visit girls in Gambia. It was post this experience that the model discovered her sense of purpose for positive change, putting her status and reach to good use.
“I am so honored to be receiving the first-ever Powerhouse of the Year Award, standing alongside girls who have been breaking barriers and advancing public health initiatives in their communities as we show the world what true power looks like,” the 25-year-old wrote on Instagram. “Unfortunately, as Covid-19 is still a threat – She’s The First’s services are especially needed as vaccine access in these girls’ communities remains limited,” she added. Hosted by American actor Erika Henningsen, the Power Party will aim to achieve a financial goal to help fund the organization’s expansion project, which includes Latin America and South Asia, reaching 3,000 more girls and 15 new organizations.
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The gala’s lineup includes American poet Amanda Gorman, Muslim rap duo Aint Afraid, and 14-year-old Canadian actor and activist Malia Baker. Gorman, who famously delivered her spoken poetry at the US Presidential Inauguration this year, will perform a poem dedicated to the changemakers in the STF community titled, “The Power of Firsts.”
Founded by Christen Brandt and Tammy Tibbetts 12 years ago, STF has helped more than 102,900 girls in over 26 countries. It teams up with grassroots organizations and believes that women should be educated, respected, and heard. Launched under the slogan “We put girls first,” She’s the First aims to strengthen the communities of girl-led advocacy and girl organizations.