View from the Youth Council: Motivated to advocate women’s rights

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 May 2018


Redbridge Youth Council is an organisation that encourages representatives from schools across the borough to participate in conversations and decisions regarding its local community.

We hold weekly meetings in Redbridge Town Hall. As well as a chance to voice our opinions, it also provides us with many opportunities to do more for the community, and appreciate its notability, such as an invitation to the unveiling of the Millicent Fawcett statue at Parliament Square, which six members took part in.

The visit allowed us to see lots of political and sociable figures, including the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, prime minister Theresa May, and campaigner and activist Caroline Criado Perez.

After hearing the uplifting words of each of these inspiring feminists, it has motivated us to participate more in the local community and advocate women’s rights.

As young women ourselves, it makes sense to say that moments like these, especially ones so engraved into history, help us to stand for what we believe in and to help strengthen others.

The event opened our eyes and helped us to clearly see the problems society is faced with and all that we can do to find solutions for it, like involving other inspiring feminists throughout the community by raising awareness through social media and other platforms.

We hope to continue participating in future meetings and visits, looking for new ways to get involved.

It was certainly an amazing experience!

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