On International Day of the Girl, stylist.co.uk relocated to Blenheim High School. There, a team of brilliant and opinionated girls aged 11 to 16 took over the website to have their say on the issues that matters most to them…
Here, Danielle (age 16) implores you to find your inner activist.
Politics is a major part of our lives today and it shapes the way we are growing up. Politics covers a whole spectrum of topics such as climate change, to white supremacy and even sexism.
One person can really make a difference, especially if you are young and have a contemporary view of the world. How will anything change if we don’t stand up for what we believe in?
Below are revolutionary examples of great activists of the world: they prove that no matter the obstacle or your age, if you work hard you can make sure the world is a little bit better than when you found it.
At the 2018 Academy Awards ceremony, Bana al-Abed performed in the nominated song Stand Up For Something, with a group of activists. The youngest in the group, al-Abed is a Syrian refugee, who famously used Twitter to show her struggle of living in Aleppo during the airstrikes in Turkey. When she was able to escape, her experience influenced her to write a book Dear World: A Syrian Girl’s Story of War and Plea for Peace. This all demonstrates the traumatic effect of war on young children and the refugee crisis, and it is all too hard to ignore.
Melati and Isabel Wijsen
These two sisters have transformed their simple idea of banning plastic bags in Bali into full-blown activism. The girl’s mission is to simply start saying no to plastic bags. They have completed beach can ups and got people to sign their petitions banning plastic bags. Their company, ‘Bye Bye Plastics’ has grown into an organisation with a 25 employees all across the world. This is such an inspiring campaign because they have achieved real results, such as persuading Bali airport to stop using plastic bags.
Back in 2015, do you remember the viral book donation of #1000BlackGirlBooks? This was the idea of Marley Dias - a young black girl from New Jersey. Dias, after struggling to find books with black women at the focus, wanted to donate 1000 books with black girls as the main characters to other black girls, in a bid to inspire them. Dias reached her goal nine times over, accumulating 9,000 book for black girls to read. All this and she was only 11 years old. The influence of this was to help balk girls identify with themselves and learn about their history. After, she has published a book titles Marely Gets It Done: And So Can You! to inspire others to become activists.
Perhaps the most famous young activist of all, Malala Yousafzai is the youngest Nobel Prize winner in history. Her activism is about promoting education; she has created the Malala education foundation to help poor girls go to school and learn. This all came about after her she was attacked on her school bus by Taliban officials. She has since moved to the UK there she has continued her activism.
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