Our top 5 brave girls on International Women’s Day
Bravery. It’s an act of courage. It’s an act that’s not absent of fear, but one that triumphs over it. It’s an act that’s big or small. To us, bravery is standing up for your rights and the rights of others.
And everyday girls are standing up for their rights and demanding gender equality. So, what better day to celebrate the brave acts of girls than International Women’s Day?!
Here, we take a look at five brave girls from around the world who have not only inspired us but who are creating real change for girls. Today, let’s celebrate the rise of brave girls!
Malala – Helping children have a primary education
She’s a renowned hero and rightly so. When the Taliban shot Malala in the head for going to school, she didn’t let the bullets silence her fight for an education:
Malala went on to lead a campaign that got the UN to commit to the target of ensuring children everywhere, are able to complete a full course of primary schooling. She was also the youngest person at just 17 to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.
Her fight for children’s rights to an education is nothing short of inspirational:
“Let us empower ourselves with the weapon of knowledge.”
Memory – Ending child marriage in Malawi
Last year, our young campaigner Memory captivated our supporters as she told them stories about her sister’s marriage at the age of just 11, and asked them to stand with her to ban child marriage.
She gained the support of more than 42,000 people across the world and presented the petition to Parliament. In February, the Malawian Government voted to outlaw child marriage.
Changing a country’s constitution is a huge achievement! And Memory’s success has gone on to inspire other young campaigners to take action.
Maribel – Making cities safer for girls everywhere
Inspired by Memory, Maribel from Ecuador led a campaign to end violence against girls in urban spaces by making cities safer. She presented a petition to world leaders at the UN Habitat III conference and they agreed to ensure girls are represented in the decision-making of urban planning and their safety is addressed in the New Urban Agenda.
Ambrin – Demanding her right to sex and relationships education
Girls aren’t just fighting for their rights overseas - girls here in the UK are also demanding change. Our young campaigners in the UK are calling for the UK Government to make sex and relationships education compulsory in schools. They want to learn about their right to protection, the importance of consent and have a safe space to talk about sexual orientation.
Ambrin, a practising Muslim, is standing with the 70 per cent of children who are backing mandatory sex and relationships education:
The voices of young people across the country have been heard and the government has backed an overhaul of the curriculum, with the legislation set to come to a vote in the House of Commons soon.
Sophie – The next brave girl giving girls a choice over their future
Last but not least, Sophie is our rising brave girl who’s raising the issue of teenage pregnancies in Uganda. She’s calling the government to invest in better sexual health services and information so girls can make informed decisions and have better control over their futures.
As brave as Sophie is, she can’t do it alone. Help girls become more empowered to choose when they become mothers by standing with Sophie.
“We can help girls live free from stigma, violence and exclusion in Uganda.”
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