Anthony has a different perspective than most of the other men and boys he knows in Sierra Leone. He can’t stand the way that girls and women are treated.
“Where I’m from is a really rough part of town,” Anthony explains. “It’s a very threatening environment for girls. And for them to make it to college — it’s almost impossible.”
To create change, Anthony joined Plan’s Girls Advocacy Alliance a few years ago. He now walks through communities with girls, megaphone in hand. He knocks on doors with them, talking to neighbors about the importance of reporting sexual assault. And he fights child marriage with them, even helping to stop the forced marriages of two girls in the alliance.
“I want to stand for girls,” Anthony says. “I want boys to look at girls as partners. I want them to see that girls can be more than just wives, more than just mothers. Sometimes I create enemies along the way, but no matter what happens, I’m not going to relent.”