'Every girl must have a voice', St Albans teen gives speech in London (From St Albans & Harpenden Review)
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'Every girl must have a voice', St Albans teen, Lauren Eaves, gives speech in London
A St Albans teenager made an inspiring speech in front of hundreds of people about girls’ rights in central London.
Lauren Eaves, 17, helped unveil a giant erasable billboard in Trafalgar Square for global children’s charity Plan UK to mark International Day of the Girl on Friday, October 11.
The billboard showed a picture of girls at work, which was gradually rubbed out by members of the public, to reveal a picture of girls at school.
Lauren, who is a member of Plan’s Youth Advisory Panel, gave one of the opening speeches at the launch.
She said: "It’s great that everyone came together and made an impact.
"By gaining a quality education girls are empowered: we can make our own choices as to whether to have children; whether we want to work or stay at home; how to organise money and save.
"We need to let every girl from any country, of any religion and of any race have a voice and have an education."
The erasable billboard was part of a day of events in support of Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign to tackle the barriers to girls’ education - including poverty, child marriage and violence.
Lauren was also involved in welcoming more than a hundred of the London-based schoolgirls to the billboard in Trafalgar Square after they completed their walk.
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