Becoming a digital ambassador for Plan UK
Earlier this year I was delighted to receive an email from Plan UK, a branch of the international children’s charity, inviting me to join them for an afternoon of networking (with tea and cake – they know me well!) to find out more about their girls’ rights campaign, ‘Because I am a Girl’.
I’ve been a supporter of Plan since I first started sponsoring a girl in India through them, well over ten years ago now.
While travelling I have met many girls and women who have been affected by some of the issues Plan are campaigning about and I’ve been involved with a few of their campaigns before so I was delighted to have the opportunity to find out more about their work.
There was just a small group of us which meant we had a chance to speak to everyone. A fascinating and very enjoyable day followed, at the end of which I was very happy to accept their invite to become a digital ambassador for Plan UK, writing about their campaigns, attending events and promoting their goals through my blog and social media networks.
I hope to learn, not just the facts and figures, but also to gain a greater understanding of the issues behind these campaigns.
Face Up: Putting girls’ rights where they can’t be ignored
Listen to Girls’ voices
Mary, 13, from Mali, was seven when she was forced to undergo FGM.“I still remember the day I was cut, and I even remember the lady who did it – she is friends with my mother. She came to my house with my grandmother and pulled me to the toilet. I was terrified. I kicked and screamed and tried to run, but I was not strong enough.Since then Plan has helped my community to learn of the serious health problems FGM causes, and now my younger sisters will not be cut. FGM will be an old story here now.”
Lamana, from Cameroon, was 15 when she was forced into a violent marriage. “Each time he wanted to have sex with me, he beat me badly. He wouldn’t allow me to leave the house, and I felt so depressed I tried to take my own life. My father was sad, but he didn’t want me to leave the marriage because of what people would think about our family.With Plan’s help, I’ve returned to school to study computer science with the support of my family. Now I’m free from the marriage and I’ve learned I have the power to take control of my life.”
The third International Day of the Girl
Friday 10th October 2014
Calling all Londoners
If you live or work in London, grab the chance to try out a Face Up photo booth, which will be placed at Waterloo Stations on Saturday.
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