Delighted Tarporley Sixth Form Student Attends Girl Summit 2014
Local Tarporley High School Sixth Form student and Head Girl, Emma Bowman, was selected to attend the Youth for Change event as part of the Girl Summit 2014 on Saturday 19th July, hosted by the Home Office, the Department for International Development and UNICEF.
Emma was nominated to attend this event by local MP, Stephen O’Brien, who was instrumental is initiating the project which aims to see the eradication of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage across the World during his time as a Minister at the Department for International Development.
The issues of FGM and child marriage are not only a reality in some developing countries, but also here in the UK, where certain communities continue these practices, even where some women have made their home in the UK to escape the lack of choice forced on them by the practices of FGM and child marriage in their home country.
At the Girl Summit, young people from across the country will take part in “an event developed by young people for young people to ignite action around girls’ rights and strengthen young people as leaders of the future. A day of inspiring talks, interactive sessions, debates and sharing ideas – the ambition is to create a “ripple effect” where young advocates help kick-start a national and global youth movement on girls’ rights.”
Speaking about Emma’s achievement, Stephen O’Brien said:
‘I am delighted that Emma was selected to attend this landmark event where she was amongst hundreds of other young people passionate about seeing girls’ rights change for the better across the world. Her interest in this topic has developed throughout her time at Tarporley High School, and I hope that the event re-inspired her passion to carry on campaigning and working to eradicate this practice and stand up for girls’ and womens’ rights everywhere.’
Photo: (left to right) Tina Everton (Sixth Form Pastoral Manager – Tarporley High School), Stephen O’Brien MP, Emma Bowman (Year 13 student and Head Girl) and Jason Lowe (Director of Sixth Form – Tarporley High School)