Because I am a girl..

Girls' rights campaigner Georgina Warner SUS-150514-110658001

Girls' rights campaigner Georgina Warner SUS-150514-110658001

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Hastings teenager turned campaigner Georgie Warner is adding her voice to an international children’s charity to help it in its fight for girls’ rights around the world.

The 15-year-old has joined the Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) of Plan UK - a global children’s charity that works with children in the world’s poorest countries to help build a better future. YAP is the voice of young people at Plan, and Georgie joins fellow teens from across the country on the 18-strong body providing a youth perspective on the charity’s activities.

The group has a special focus on the organisation’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign, which focuses on achieving equality between boys and girls worldwide.

Georgie says she believes passionately that there’s a long way to go before boys and girls worldwide are seen as equals. “I want people to realise we have not yet reached equality,” she said. “Because women’s bodies are used to sell everything from burgers to cars. Because if we do nothing, by the end of the decade an estimated 142 million girls will be married as children.”

YAP members meet regularly to assess Plan’s work and raise awareness of challenges facing girls globally, including a lack of education, and practices such as child marriage and female genital mutilation.

Georgie, who has been interested in girls’ rights issues from a young age, wants to use her voice to help others. She said: “Joining YAP means that I can project my voice and help campaign for girls’ rights not just around my school and the local community, but also in places currently beyond my reach.”

Plan’s Youth Engagement Coordinator, Laila Sumpton says the YAP provides the charity with an invaluable youth perspective,

“It puts young people’s voices at the heart of Plan’s work. Their input can help Plan to understand how to work with the young people – especially adolescent girls.” Visit www.plan-uk.org