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A teenager from Walthamstow has been chosen to work with a charity promoting the rights of women and fighting for equality

A young campaigner has been chosen to fight for the rights of women around the world.

Arifa Nasim, 18, is going global to help an international children’s charity after being selected to join the Advisory Panel (YAP) of Plan UK. Eighteen youths from across the UK have been selected to advise the charity on their projects.

The group have a special focus on the organisation’s Because I am a Girl campaign, which focuses on achieving equality. Arifa said: “I want to speak up against honour based violence such as female genital mutilation and forced marriage.

“I am hugely passionate about educating women as I believe education is an incredibly powerful tool to unlock the infinite potential we have as young women.”

Arifa has already been campaigning in Waltham Forest for a number of years to help end #forcedmarriage, speaking in schools and delivering child protection training.

Read more: http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/13219113.E17_teen_chosen_to_fight_for_women_s_rights/

Questions from Uganda stump Newcastle schoolgirls

Many of the questions read out during assembly at Newcastle High School for Girls reflected the everyday concerns of teenagers: career ambitions, family, the weather.

Others, less so: HIV infection, rape and how to avoid being forced into marriage before the end of school also came up.

When Hilary French (pictured, centre left), headteacher of the Newcastle upon Tyne independent school, was invited to accompany representatives from the girls’rights charity Plan UK on a trip to Uganda, she asked her pupils to compile a list of questions for their Ugandan counterparts.

“They wrote the kinds of questions you’d expect secondary school girls here to ask,” Mrs French said. “What do you like reading? What subjects do you like at school? What’s your favourite food? Do you go to the cinema? What do you want to be?” She took the questions with her during her  visit to a girls’ school in Kamuli, a rural area of Uganda. And, along with the answers, she returned to Newcastle with a list of reciprocal questions from the Ugandan teenagers.

Some of the questions were exactly what the Newcastle pupils might have expected: “What’s the weather like in your country?” and “Is your country as beautiful as ours?” And then there were others. “My parents want me to get married, and I’m only 13,” one Ugandan girl wrote. “What do you think I should do?”

Read More: https://www.tes.co.uk/news/school-news/breaking-news/questions-uganda-stump-newcastle-schoolgirls

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