Inspiring young women for International Women’s Day: Catching up with Desty

Stories | March 2, 2021

Inspiring young women for International Women’s Day: Catching up with Desty

CBM was first introduced to a remarkable young woman living with mental illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Desty, was then involved in a CBM-supported project where she advocated for the inclusion of people living with mental health conditions in a Covid-19 response. She has been actively engaged in the #MoveForMentalHealth campaign, and a panellist at the Knowledge Sector Initiative Exchange presentation on the role of Organisations for People with Disabilities in post Covid-19 development. She was also part of the virtual official celebrations for the International Day for Persons with Disabilities in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Now, Desty is continuing her work to challenge the prevailing stereotypes around people living with mental health conditions in her community, this time from the classroom. Desty is now volunteering with local schools to help support children’s learning and at the same time encouraging her colleagues and members of her community to support others living with mental illness.  2020 was a huge year for Desty, and 2021 promises to be just as bright.


CBM acknowledges the support of the Australian Government through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP). 

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