Introducing our Welsh Young Change Makers
Plan International UK are proud to have funded 12 young people in Wales to run their inspiring projects. The successful projects were chosen by a panel of young people from our Voices for Girls Cymru group, and the projects were selected because they either support girls and young women in their community and/or seek to challenge gender inequality.
The Grace Space
Hi, my name is Maddy. I’m 21 years old and have just graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Human Geography and Planning. My project is called The Grace Space. The aim is to develop a community hub that would serve as a safe space for young women to take a break from the pressures of everyday life, and get the tools and guidance they need to give themselves grace.
My long-term goal is to build a community hub in Cardiff, and the initial funding from Plan International UK will go towards hosting a one day pop-up event for young women later this year.
Hi, my name is Yusra, I’m 23 years old and from Cardiff. Hi, my name is Kirstie Edwards. I use the pronouns she/her and am currently living in Cardiff.
Together, we are‘PSA: Periods’, a social media action campaign aiming to promote positive, sustainable and accessible periods. Our campaign raises awareness about the stigma and taboo surrounding periods in minority communities, period poverty and the benefits of using sustainable period products.
With the help of the Plan International grant scheme, we are in the process of writing an informative book about period stories, from first periods to menstrual health and more. The stories will be collected anonymously through our online survey and promoted on our social media channels, which will then be featured in our book.
Vision & Truth
Hi, we are Isaac (aka ‘Vision’) and Evan(aka ‘Truth) and we are MCs from Newport. Our project aims to create a conscious Hip Hop song from scratch. We will also shoot an accompanying music video, directed by a local filmmaker.
Our song will highlight the need to encourage our families and friends to uplift girls and women.
Girls Play Football Too
Hi I’m Lily Poiner, I am 14 years old and I love English Literature and playing the guitar. I play as a defender for Pontarddulais Girls under 16s. Hello, I’m Lydia Appleby, I’m 14 years old and I play in defence for Pontarddulais FC. I love reading and listening to music.
Our project is to renovate the changing rooms in our football club so that they can be used for women as well as men. We are also going to organise an event for the younger girls to inspire them to play football. We plan to video the event and encourage the girls to be strong and challenge inequality!
WOW Workshops & Mantra Cards
Hello, my name is Erin Sandison. I am 18 years old, and I am from Neath Port Talbot in South Wales.
My project, WOW Workshops (which stands for ‘Wellbeing of Women') will enable young women to attend a series of workshops addressing issues they face around mental health and wellbeing. Advice and guidance will be offered and we will create a safe and secure environment for attendees to discuss personal experience
My name is Christian Chitava, I am 16 years old, and I live in Newport with my mum and sister. My project ‘55 Poems’ is a collection of short poems that aim to inspire and motivate mums and girls. The idea came from appreciating what my mum and sister do for me every single day and seeing so much bullying and hate on social media.
I hope this project will be a voice for people like me and those who don’t have the opportunity. I also hope it can connect families, schools and communities.
Keep Fit Keep Safe
I'm Ellie, I'm 19 years old and from North Wales. Over the past few years, I've been involved in lots of different sports volunteering placements. Most recently, I co-founded Reclaim these Flintshire.
My idea centres around the passion I have for women’s safety and fitness, so I’m working with Plan International UK and Aura Leisure and Libraries to put together a class called ‘Keep Fit Keep Safe’ for young girls and women. The class is aimed at improving fitness while also learning self-defence techniques, so women can keep themselves safe.
Collaboration for a More Equal Nation
My name is Saiba, and I am 18 years old. My project is called ‘Collaboration for a More Equal Nation’ and aims to bring people from different sections of society together to share experiences they have had of gender inequality. We will create an online community where people can provide advice for each other and help improve the communities they live in. I want to create an online forum for discussions around gender inequality. My project will encourage knowledge sharing and highlight the importance of a collaborative approach to advancing women’s rights. I look forward to sharing it with everyone!
Let my people go
I am Chloe, I am 16 and have been dancing ever since I could walk. I wanted to do this project to show there should be equal opportunities for everyone, including in dance, no matter your gender, age or background.
This is the start of wanting to combat gender equality and make a difference in Dance Leadership for choreographers like myself and other young women. There is a stigma attached that women are the dancers and men the choreographers. As young women in Dance Leadership or as a choreographer, there are major inequalities that hold young women back - gender inequalities, disadvantaged backgrounds and (MLD) Mild Learning Difficulties. It almost makes you feel stifled.