Mac-Miland Nji Mokom, an activist fighting poverty and gender inequality.

Mac-Miland Nji Mokom is a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW), currently working with the Canadian Red Cross. Mac-Miland holds two degrees, one in Sociology and Anthropology and a second degree in Social Work from the University of Regina.

Mac-Miland was actively engaged in multiple youth development programs in Cameroon including serving as the Regional Secretary of the Cameroon Alliance for Youth Movement (CAMAYM) where he aided several socio-economic programs in Northwest Cameroon.

As a volunteer with Youth Outreach Programme Cameroon, Mac-Miland engaged in various community regeneration programs. These included life skills, entrepreneurship and reproductive health training, tree planting, radiosensitization, and youth policy advocacy which increased skills development and improved social responsibility among young Cameroonians. His work included fighting poverty and gender inequality and empowering youth to make informed decisions and exercise their fundamental rights to education, employment and healthcare.

Mac-Miland believes that each and every one of us has a role to play in making the world a better place.

What does Global Citizenship mean to you?

To me, a global citizen is a citizen of the world, someone who does not limit their identity to national boundaries, rather feels free to create an impact in the world as a whole. A global citizen takes responsibility to ensure the world is a better place to live in, they take initiative to better the community in which they find themselves at a particular time, ensuring it creates a global impact. Global Citizenship means being part of a series of individual and collective actions that join to make the world a better place. It means thinking globally and acting locally and understanding the global system and taking gradual and small steps to progressively achieve collective good

Where do you find your inspiration?

The plight of the underprivileged causes me to seek solutions and alternative means to improve their lives. I am motivated by the desire to create a meaningful society where everyone is given equal opportunities to prosper and grow in all areas of life.

What do you see as one of the most encouraging or innovative trends that is creating positive change in our world right now?

Continuously educating ourselves and society about racism and its impact in our society has transformed the world into a better place. While racism may not be completely eradicated in our societies, there has been a great improvement over the years. I think that if people are respected and treated equally regardless of their cultural backgrounds, race and sexual orientation, the world will be a better place to live in. 

Digitization has made life easier for people around the globe. In the area of trade, being able to trade online without third parties has connected producers with consumers. In the health field, many apps are available to improve global health. In education, online courses are not only cheaper but there is increased access to studies in countries and schools where people would otherwise not be able to obtain the information. For employment, IT jobs, network marketing and increased remote working using various online means has increased individual and family incomes. In agricultural, improved technologies and production such as greenhouses has improved farming, food production and food security.