Hirut currently works as a brand strategist for Girl Hub Ethiopia and has a degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology and an Msc. in Social Policy and Social work. She has a passion for gender studies and technology (social innovation) in human development. Read all blogs by Hirut.

Hirut currently works as a brand strategist for Girl Hub Ethiopia and has a degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology and an Msc. in Social Policy and Social work. She has a passion for gender studies and technology (social innovation) in human development.

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Margot Tudor works as the International Development and Human Rights Coordinator for Bristol Hub, and has volunteered with One25 and Advance, charities working in Bristol and London to support women affected by domestic violence, street sex work and similar issues. Read all blogs from Margot.

Margot Tudor works as the International Development and Human Rights Coordinator for Bristol Hub, and has volunteered with One25 and Advance, charities working in Bristol and London to support women affected by domestic violence, street sex work and similar issues.

Read all blogs from Margot.

Harry is an International Relations student and currently one of two Youth Advisors to the Board of Trustees at UNICEF UK. In this role he actively takes part in the governance issues of UNICEF UK. Within this Harry participated in the 2009 J8 Summit in Rome - a week-long conference for young people to exchange and debate ideas about how to best improve global conditions for children, and to then present their recommendations to the G8 summit which runs in parallel. Find Harry on Twitter at @HarryPoetPhinda Read all blogs from Harry.

Harry is an International Relations student and currently one of two Youth Advisors to the Board of Trustees at UNICEF UK. In this role he actively takes part in the governance issues of UNICEF UK. Within this Harry participated in the 2009 J8 Summit in Rome - a week-long conference for young people to exchange and debate ideas about how to best improve global conditions for children, and to then present their recommendations to the G8 summit which runs in parallel.

Find Harry on Twitter at @HarryPoetPhinda

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Gemma

Paakhi is a high school student in Delhi, a passionate feminist and she regularly blogs about current political and feminist issues. She strives to create a world that is free from any form of discrimination. Find Paakhi on Twitter at @paakhi13 Read all blogs from Paakhi.

Paakhi is a high school student in Delhi, a passionate feminist and she regularly blogs about current political and feminist issues. She strives to create a world that is free from any form of discrimination.

Find Paakhi on Twitter at @paakhi13

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Sifat

Francis is a member of the Youth Advisory Panel at UNFPA Tanzania and Pioneer of the East African Youth Alliance on SRHR. Francis’s main areas of interest are youth participation and women's empowerment. For Francis, Youth For Change is a platform that enables young people to share skills and knowledge and to learn from other advocates on the issue of advocating for girls and women rights. Find Francis on Twitter at @FrankKessy Read all blogs from Francis

Francis is a member of the Youth Advisory Panel at UNFPA Tanzania and Pioneer of the East African Youth Alliance on SRHR. Francis’s main areas of interest are youth participation and women's empowerment. For Francis, Youth For Change is a platform that enables young people to share skills and knowledge and to learn from other advocates on the issue of advocating for girls and women rights.

Find Francis on Twitter at @FrankKessy

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Shawon is currently studying in the Department of Anthropology at Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh and has always considered child, early and forced marriage to be an obstacle for the greater development of society. His passion for preventing this issue led to him joining Youth For Change and he hopes that with the support of the Youth For Change platform his message will reach a wider audience.  Read all blogs from Shawon.

Shawon is currently studying in the Department of Anthropology at Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh and has always considered child, early and forced marriage to be an obstacle for the greater development of society. His passion for preventing this issue led to him joining Youth For Change and he hopes that with the support of the Youth For Change platform his message will reach a wider audience. 

Read all blogs from Shawon.

Betelhem has a degree in General Public Health from Gondar University and is currently working as a networking focal person for medical schools at Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia. Betelhem has a strong interest in gender issues and the elimination and prevention of gender-based violence. Find Betelhem on Twitter at @AdaneBetelhem Read all blogs from Betelhem.

Betelhem has a degree in General Public Health from Gondar University and is currently working as a networking focal person for medical schools at Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia. Betelhem has a strong interest in gender issues and the elimination and prevention of gender-based violence.

Find Betelhem on Twitter at @AdaneBetelhem

Read all blogs from Betelhem.

After joining high school at USA Seminary in Arusha, Aristarick was a General Secretary of the debate club of which discussed gender issues, child, early and forced marriage and FGM.  After University, Aristarick was involved with the Tanzania International Model UN, Dodoma Region Model UN and different activities organized by the EAC Club-Dodoma. Aristarick believes in the power of youth in creating change, and would like to see the work of Youth For Change influence his grandparents and those in the more remote villages in Tanzania. Find Aristarick on Twitter at @Aristarick1404  Read all blogs from Aristarick

After joining high school at USA Seminary in Arusha, Aristarick was a General Secretary of the debate club of which discussed gender issues, child, early and forced marriage and FGM.  After University, Aristarick was involved with the Tanzania International Model UN, Dodoma Region Model UN and different activities organized by the EAC Club-Dodoma.

Aristarick believes in the power of youth in creating change, and would like to see the work of Youth For Change influence his grandparents and those in the more remote villages in Tanzania.

Find Aristarick on Twitter at @Aristarick1404 

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Tokoni is a student and poet from Lagos, Nigeria. She's previously written for the Huffington Post, Veux Magazine, Los Angeles Free Press and Trend Prive magazine, and her work often features themes around girls' rights and equality. Read all Tokoni's blogs here. Find more of Tokoni's work on her blog. Follow her on Twitter at @TokoniOUti

Tokoni is a student and poet from Lagos, Nigeria. She's previously written for the Huffington Post, Veux Magazine, Los Angeles Free Press and Trend Prive magazine, and her work often features themes around girls' rights and equality.

Read all Tokoni's blogs here.

Find more of Tokoni's work on her blog.

Follow her on Twitter at @TokoniOUti

Tony is a professional social worker with vast knowledge in the fight against FGM . Currently he works with Child Welfare Society of Kenya as a social worker in Kuria, Kenya Find Tony on Twitter at @TonyMwebia Read all blogs from Tony

Tony is a professional social worker with vast knowledge in the fight against FGM . Currently he works with Child Welfare Society of Kenya as a social worker in Kuria, Kenya

Find Tony on Twitter at @TonyMwebia

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Upendo is currently studying International Relations at University of Dodoma. Upendo has volunteered with a number of NGOS and believes in the role of youth in building the nation. She has worked as a team leader of the Jali Project under Tanzania Aspiration Initiatives (TAI) with the aim of developing awareness on menstrual health and hygiene. Read all blogs from Upendo.

Upendo is currently studying International Relations at University of Dodoma. Upendo has volunteered with a number of NGOS and believes in the role of youth in building the nation.

She has worked as a team leader of the Jali Project under Tanzania Aspiration Initiatives (TAI) with the aim of developing awareness on menstrual health and hygiene.

Read all blogs from Upendo.

Yunah is a 24 year old student of media & journalism in Harare, Zimbabwe, and is also studying a diploma in psychology. She's an activist for young girls and female students, and volunteers on HIV/AIDS issues. She's a public speaker, passionate about activism and a believer of gender equality. Read all articles by Yunah Find Yunah on Twitter: @yunahbvumbwe

Yunah is a 24 year old student of media & journalism in Harare, Zimbabwe, and is also studying a diploma in psychology. She's an activist for young girls and female students, and volunteers on HIV/AIDS issues. She's a public speaker, passionate about activism and a believer of gender equality.

Read all articles by Yunah

Find Yunah on Twitter: @yunahbvumbwe

Alex

Alex is a volunteer, a health researcher, an advocate of reproductive health and rights. He is consistently involved in youth reproductive health advocacy and has a passion for Girl Child Empowerment. He has a BSc. degree in Population Health from Kenyatta University and is currently working with a Reproductive Health NGO in Kenya Read all blogs from Alex. Find Alex on Twitter at @alexomari1 Personal Blog: https://jawalexis.wordpress.com

Alex is a volunteer, a health researcher, an advocate of reproductive health and rights. He is consistently involved in youth reproductive health advocacy and has a passion for Girl Child Empowerment. He has a BSc. degree in Population Health from Kenyatta University and is currently working with a Reproductive Health NGO in Kenya

Read all blogs from Alex.

Find Alex on Twitter at @alexomari1

Personal Blog: https://jawalexis.wordpress.com

Neema is a young prospective Advocate of Tanzania High Court and has a Post graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law School of Tanzania. Neema’s passion for human rights dates back to her Undergraduate study as the co – founder and the Vice President of the TUDARCO Human Rights Association. She believes that FGM & child marriage should be ended to give girls an opportunity to enjoy their education and health rights. Neema hopes that Youth For Change will achieve advocacy for outdated policies and laws which encourage early marriage. Read all articles by Neema.

Neema is a young prospective Advocate of Tanzania High Court and has a Post graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law School of Tanzania. Neema’s passion for human rights dates back to her Undergraduate study as the co – founder and the Vice President of the TUDARCO Human Rights Association.

She believes that FGM & child marriage should be ended to give girls an opportunity to enjoy their education and health rights. Neema hopes that Youth For Change will achieve advocacy for outdated policies and laws which encourage early marriage.

Read all articles by Neema.

Kiram has a degree in Business at Addis Ababa University and is currently working as a full time journalist and writer with a major English language newspaper. Kiram’s philosophy of life is ‘living the values of purpose and decency’, while his best saying comes from Confucius – “It is better to light one small candle than to sit and curse the darkness.”  Read all blogs from Kiram.

Kiram has a degree in Business at Addis Ababa University and is currently working as a full time journalist and writer with a major English language newspaper. Kiram’s philosophy of life is ‘living the values of purpose and decency’, while his best saying comes from Confucius – “It is better to light one small candle than to sit and curse the darkness.” 

Read all blogs from Kiram.

Maisha is a student and youth activist whose inspiration comes from her mother and the young freedom fighters and martyrs of Bangladesh. Recently she participated in Bangladesh Model UN and is a current Youth Advisory Panel member of Plan Bangladesh.  Maisha believes that the Youth For Change team can help eradicate CEFM from Bangladesh and empower women in the process. Read all blogs from Maisha.

Maisha is a student and youth activist whose inspiration comes from her mother and the young freedom fighters and martyrs of Bangladesh. Recently she participated in Bangladesh Model UN and is a current Youth Advisory Panel member of Plan Bangladesh.  Maisha believes that the Youth For Change team can help eradicate CEFM from Bangladesh and empower women in the process.

Read all blogs from Maisha.


Ashley

A teenager who holds a penchant for cute fluffy unicorns and everything pink, Ashley is a typical youth struggling from an unhealthy obsession with social media and an eclectic mix of foods and cuisines from all four corners of the world (sushi, tacos, lasagna, pratas... you name it!). Besides enjoying engaging in intellectual banter with her peers, this loquacious girl relishes the power of knowledge and tries to keep up with global issues by devouring every morsel of news possible, ranging from feminist issues to socio-political affairs. In 2016, Ashley has adopted a new maxim, "carpe diem", and wishes to let life make a masterpiece out of her so that she can rule the world in a tiara and fairy princess dress one day. Whoever forbade warriors from dressing in style too? Find Ashley on Twitter at @sparklypinksnow Read all blogs from Ashle

A teenager who holds a penchant for cute fluffy unicorns and everything pink, Ashley is a typical youth struggling from an unhealthy obsession with social media and an eclectic mix of foods and cuisines from all four corners of the world (sushi, tacos, lasagna, pratas... you name it!). Besides enjoying engaging in intellectual banter with her peers, this loquacious girl relishes the power of knowledge and tries to keep up with global issues by devouring every morsel of news possible, ranging from feminist issues to socio-political affairs.

In 2016, Ashley has adopted a new maxim, "carpe diem", and wishes to let life make a masterpiece out of her so that she can rule the world in a tiara and fairy princess dress one day. Whoever forbade warriors from dressing in style too?

Find Ashley on Twitter at @sparklypinksnow

Read all blogs from Ashle

Charlotte is studying for her A-Levels and is hoping to go on to become a journalist. She’s currently a member of the Girlguiding Advocate Panel who speak out on issues affecting young women and girls.  Read all articles by Charlotte Find Charlotte on Twitter: @CharlyFozz99

Charlotte is studying for her A-Levels and is hoping to go on to become a journalist. She’s currently a member of the Girlguiding Advocate Panel who speak out on issues affecting young women and girls. 

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Find Charlotte on Twitter: @CharlyFozz99

Jerida is a 20 years old high school graduate from Nairobi, Kenya. Her interests are in vulnerable people, especially young women and girls. She loves creating inspirational stories, poems and essays - she speaks through her writing. Find Jerida on Twitter: @JeridaGati Read all blogs from Jerida.

Jerida is a 20 years old high school graduate from Nairobi, Kenya. Her interests are in vulnerable people, especially young women and girls. She loves creating inspirational stories, poems and essays - she speaks through her writing.

Find Jerida on Twitter: @JeridaGati

Read all blogs from Jerida.

Athuman is currently studying Law at University of Dar es Salaam School of Law and has experience in areas of research. Athuman has volunteered tutoring students in History, Geography and English and has been providing legal advice to those in his community.  He hopes that Youth For Change will help to abolish FGM and CEFM and influence UN to adopt international protocol to end these harmful practices.  Find Athuman on Twitter at @MrumaAthman Read all blogs from Athuma

Athuman is currently studying Law at University of Dar es Salaam School of Law and has experience in areas of research. Athuman has volunteered tutoring students in History, Geography and English and has been providing legal advice to those in his community.  He hopes that Youth For Change will help to abolish FGM and CEFM and influence UN to adopt international protocol to end these harmful practices. 

Find Athuman on Twitter at @MrumaAthman

Read all blogs from Athuma

Maria

Maria is the Programmes Manager for Safe Hands for Girls, a non-governmental organisation that works on eradicating Female Genital Mutilation and other harmful traditional practices such as child marriage. In addition to this, Maria is also third year law student studying at the University of The Gambia. Read all article by Maria Find Maria on Twitter at @Ms_Saine

Maria is the Programmes Manager for Safe Hands for Girls, a non-governmental organisation that works on eradicating Female Genital Mutilation and other harmful traditional practices such as child marriage.

In addition to this, Maria is also third year law student studying at the University of The Gambia.

Read all article by Maria

Find Maria on Twitter at @Ms_Saine

Eleanor currently works for children’s education charity Ark, having recently graduated with a degree in English Literature. She has previously worked in Uganda for water and sanitation NGO little big Africa. Eleanor blogs for girls’ advocacy organisation Girls’ Globe and is an aspiring journalist.  Read all articles by Eleanor Find Eleanor on twitter: @eleanorgall 

Eleanor currently works for children’s education charity Ark, having recently graduated with a degree in English Literature. She has previously worked in Uganda for water and sanitation NGO little big Africa. Eleanor blogs for girls’ advocacy organisation Girls’ Globe and is an aspiring journalist. 

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Find Eleanor on twitter: @eleanorgall 

Petrider

Petrider is currently studying International Relations and is a national leader at the Youth of United Nations Association Tanzania (YUNA Tanzania). She is also an intern at Children Dignity Forum Tanzania offices and was part of International Women’s Day commemoration 2013 organized by YUNA Tanzania in partnership with UN Women Tanzania. Find Petrider on Twitter: @PetriderPaul Read all articles by Petrider.

Petrider is currently studying International Relations and is a national leader at the Youth of United Nations Association Tanzania (YUNA Tanzania). She is also an intern at Children Dignity Forum Tanzania offices and was part of International Women’s Day commemoration 2013 organized by YUNA Tanzania in partnership with UN Women Tanzania.

Find Petrider on Twitter: @PetriderPaul

Read all articles by Petrider.

Fatima is a co-founder and passionate member of Youth For Change YK. She is a youth activist from Bristol and is a member of a Forward youth group Empowering, which strive to make a better world for women and girls to live in.

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Find Fatima on twitter: @arliyagirl

Katy works in a fundraising agency in London as an Account executive and has volunteered in Bangladesh with Y Care International and YMCA as part of the ICS program where she experienced serious gender-based issues that she feels passionate about changing. She also volunteers at a local community centre's girl youth group who's aim is to help build confidence in young girls within the East London community. Read all article by Katy.

Katy works in a fundraising agency in London as an Account executive and has volunteered in Bangladesh with Y Care International and YMCA as part of the ICS program where she experienced serious gender-based issues that she feels passionate about changing. She also volunteers at a local community centre's girl youth group who's aim is to help build confidence in young girls within the East London community.

Read all article by Katy.

Marie-Claire

Marie Claire, 16, is a senior at Oxnard High School, Oxnard, California. She is President of her school's Feminist Club and is the creator of the organization, Generations For Change. She is also an avid feminist and a defender of Women's Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood. Find Marie on Twitter at @that_chick_mc

Marie Claire, 16, is a senior at Oxnard High School, Oxnard, California. She is President of her school's Feminist Club and is the creator of the organization, Generations For Change. She is also an avid feminist and a defender of Women's Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood.

Find Marie on Twitter at @that_chick_mc

June is a 17-year-old writer and girls’ rights campaigner. She's written for Cosmopolitan online and The Guardian among others, and she's a regular blogger for the New Statesman. June Eric-Udorie is a member of Plan UK's Youth Advisory Panel, and she also campaigns with youth charity Integrate Bristol against FGM. June is currently studying for her A Levels. Read all articles by June Find June on Twitter: @JuneEricUdorie

June is a 17-year-old writer and girls’ rights campaigner. She's written for Cosmopolitan online and The Guardian among others, and she's a regular blogger for the New Statesman. June Eric-Udorie is a member of Plan UK's Youth Advisory Panel, and she also campaigns with youth charity Integrate Bristol against FGM. June is currently studying for her A Levels.

Read all articles by June

Find June on Twitter: @JuneEricUdorie

Isla is 17 and from Scotland- she's been an Advocate for Girlguiding for a year, which gave her the opportunity to be part of Youth For Change's side-event at last year's Girl Summit 2014. Read all article by Isla

Isla is 17 and from Scotland- she's been an Advocate for Girlguiding for a year, which gave her the opportunity to be part of Youth For Change's side-event at last year's Girl Summit 2014.

Read all article by Isla

Elizabeth

Elizabeth 25 year old adventurer from Newcastle in the UK. She has a vivid imagination and is passionate about engaging with new perspectives, places and cultures. She's a firm believer in the universal access to education as a means to empower. Elizabeth has recently returned from an ICS volunteer programme in Zambia where she helped develop accessible sexual reproductive health education for young people and surrounding communities. I’m a blogger for UNICEF’s Voices of Youth Programme and Youth-led development agency, Restless Development. Find Elizabeth on Twitter at @icecreameliza

Elizabeth 25 year old adventurer from Newcastle in the UK. She has a vivid imagination and is passionate about engaging with new perspectives, places and cultures. She's a firm believer in the universal access to education as a means to empower. Elizabeth has recently returned from an ICS volunteer programme in Zambia where she helped develop accessible sexual reproductive health education for young people and surrounding communities. I’m a blogger for UNICEF’s Voices of Youth Programme and Youth-led development agency, Restless Development.

Find Elizabeth on Twitter at @icecreameliza