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Young Women to Represent Girls at CSW

Girls Delegation at the CSW. Photo by Plan staff
Girls Delegation at the CSW. Photo by Plan staff
March 2, 2010

Plan has arranged for three young women from around the world to represent girls at the 54th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. The girls will help raise awareness for girls' issues worldwide, and will be engaged in a number of events throughout the CSW, held March 1-12. The girls will share their experiences at the CSW through regular blog posts.

Meet the three young women who will represent girls at the CSW:

Amy is a 17 year old Canadian girl, but she was born in Shenyang, China and is ethnically Manchu. Amy came to Canada when she was young and is currently working towards completing her high school education in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; she hopes to study Chemistry and French in university. Amy is Treasurer of her school’s Environmental Council and a volunteer at the YWCA’s Girls Council. She also helps younger students at a junior public school. Before coming to Canada as an adolescent, Amy spent time in Singapore and speaks Mandarin, French and English. She is passionate about girls’ rights and environmental issues. As part of Plan’s Girls Speakers Bureau, she has undergone media and child protection training as well as anti-oppression training. Amy is continually engaged with Plan’s ‘Because I Am A Girl’ reports and learns how to use the reports as a girls’ rights advocate.

Saba is a 17 year old student, leader, musician, writer, actor, friend, sister - and a role model to some. Saba is an Iranian-Canadian who was born in Canada and visited Iran for the first time in the summer of 2009. She speaks Farsi and English and is a drama student at her high school. Saba witnessed first-hand the political unrest in Iran during the most recent presidential elections. She brings her enthusiasm and passion to Plan’s Girls Speakers Bureau by advocating for girls rights. Saba has participated in a number of Plan-events including raising awareness about the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. She brings creativity to her role as a girls rights advocate and hopes to learn more about women’s rights and human rights.

Donnady is a 16 year old high school student from the Philippines who is in her last year of high school at Lope de Vega National High School. She is a member of the Supreme Student Government, School Publication Organization and the Barangay Children’s Association. She was born and raised in the Philippines and hopes to become a lawyer or a nurse. While working with Plan Philippines, Donnady says that it is has helped her recognize her potential and with that she hopes to put her education and skills to improving the lives others in the Philippines.