Hillary - KidsRights
"We have to cherish and protect peace in the interest of children, because we are not only the future leaders, but also the current leaders in training."
Name

Hillary

Country of origin
Ghana
Current country
Ghana
Age
14
Theme:

In the Ghanaian community where Hillary lives, there is a lot of violence. It stops children from going to school or playing safely outside their homes. Hillary is convinced that the situation will improve once the voices of children and young people are heard and when there is more input from young people in the community. He would like to establish 5 youth clubs, with 15 children each, that promote peace within the communities. Within these clubs, he also wants to bring together the different religions, so as to create a bridge between them and the communities at large. Hillary will join the youth clubs and help them set up various activities to promote peace.

Highlights

Violence
Hillary's Peace Clubs
What's the problem? In Ghana, in the neighborhood where Hillary lives, there is a lot of violence. This violence stems from conflicts between different Ghanaian tribes, and has already killed many people. This makes it unsafe for children to go to school and play outside. Fortunately, local organizations are fighting against violence and try to create peace. However, according to Hillary, children’s opinions are not taken into consideration when it comes to making decisions that affect them, and thinks they need to be more involved. This gave Hillary the idea to motivate and mobilize children to participate in activities that contribute to building peace. What is Hillary's solution? Hillary is convinced that his neighborhood will become safer when children and young people participate in campaigns that promote peace. For that reason he has established Peace Clubs, where young people unite and take action against violence. In each Peace Club there are 15 boys and girls, from 10 to 16 years old. Hillary thinks it is important that religions are brought together within these clubs, but also that all children can participate and, for example, disabled children are not excluded. The Peace Clubs organize events such as a Public Peace March and a Children's Peace Festival, to spread their message and motivate other peers to participate. What is the goal? The main goal of Hillary's Peace Clubs is to bring children from different backgrounds together and mobilize them to take action against violence. It is important that people start to see how important a child can be in building peace. How does Hillary work? Hillary thinks it's important to strengthen each other and is therefore planning to work together with several local organizations. He achieves this by telling the organizations about the Peace Clubs and by explaining how children can be of value in their activities. Hillary also guides the Peace Clubs with setting up peace marches, festivals and information sessions at schools. The Clubs meet once a week to exchange ideas. Another important part of Hillary's project is informing parents about the Peace Clubs visiting them personally. He does this so that the parents encourage their children to participate in the events of the Peace Clubs. What does Hillary need? Hillary uses posters, banners, pens and pencils to convey his message. Hillary also has shirts printed to create solidarity and to combat discrimination. By wearing the same shirt, all children look the same and everyone is equal. Who does Hillary need? Parents who give their children permission and motivate them to participate Schools where he can tell about his project Radio stations and newspapers to spread his message The local police to protect him and the other members of the Peace Clubs
Gender Equality
Sherneil's Social Media Campaign
What’s the problem?  On the Caribbean Islands, inequality between men and women in sports is increasing. The image that men are supposedly physically stronger, and have more knowledge about sports than women, is still present in Sherneil’s community. Sherneil believes that there cannot be any difference between men and women. Not in sports, not at work, and not in life. Women and men should be treated equally in all aspects. What is Sherneil’s solution? Sherneil’s project mainly exists of a social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, because she believes that via these platforms she can reach the most people. The campaign is focused on increasing awareness on the Caribbean about gender inequality in sports. Next to that, she wants to motivate her followers to push through, making sure they don’t quit. Sherneil is covering five subjects that each have a different goal. Posting facts about sportswomen & discrimination. With this she wants to motivate her followers to also take action on inequality. Quotes of women to inspire other women to chase their dreams and not give up. Women Featured Wednesdays, every Wednesday an article is uploaded on the website, featuring a sportswomen from the Caribbean. Sharing interesting articles about sportswomen, that were published by other channels. Articles about the issues that women are facing regarding sports. Next to the social media campaign she is organizing a gathering focused on inequality and faith. Various authorities will be present at the gathering, to start the conversation with Islamic women about the issues they see in the world of sports. What is the goal?  Sherneil aims to inform at least 400 people with campaign, about the inequality in sports. How does Sherneil work?  Sherneil will, as the founder of Supporting Girls In Sport, personally set up and execute the social media campaign. Who does Sherneil need?   Sherneil is getting help of her seven team members of Supporting Girls In Sports. They are helping her with writing and designing the social media posts and articles. What does she need?   For Sherneil’s campaign of course the internet and access to social media are essential. Next to that, the university where she is organizing the gatherings is very important.    
Sexual reproductive health
Ballah's Pad4Progress training & campaign
What is the problem? In Liberia menstruation is a big problem for many women and girls. People see it as something negative, while it should be seen as normal. Many girls don’t attend school while on their period. There is also a lack of clean and private toilets, which makes it difficult for girls to freshen up. Another problem is the prohibitive prices of sanitary pads and tampons. Women look for cheaper alternatives but these are often unsanitary and increase the chance of infections. Girls don’t know much about menstruation because of the taboo surrounding it. Ballah wants girls and women to know how to take care of themselves during their menstruation, so they can keep attending school. What is Ballah’s solution? Ballah’s project is called Pad4Progress (P4P). P4P trains women and girls and seeks to raise awareness about menstruation. The training is aimed at girls and young women aged 12 to 24. They are taught about menstruation and how to make affordable sanitary pads at home. An online campaign is aimed at raising awareness about menstruation. The goal is to teach people about menstruation, and so remove its negative image. He will also try to reach the Liberian government, in the hopes of making sanitary pads more affordable. What is his goal?  Ballah hopes to reach 8.000 people with his online campaign and gather 100 participants through his training. He will have accomplished his goal once every girl has access to free sanitary pads and no girl has to miss school because of her period. How does Ballah work?  Ballah is project lead at P4P. His responsibilities are scheduling, finding a location for the training and seeking professionals who are prepared to assist with the training. He will also create the content for the online campaign, which will primarily be about: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR); Ways to make sanitary pads cheaper; Teaching sex education (including education about menstruation) at schools; Clean toilets at schools and other public places. His project team will visit schools in his city to recruit participants for the training. The online campaign will use different forms of social media to reach at least 10.000 online followers. Who does Ballah need?   His Rights Holders Network (RHN) team. Read more about RHN  Professionals and experts who can assist with the training His P4P team, consisting of 15 youths, and supported by youths from his RHN team, schools, and other kid’s rights organizations. Participants for the training What does Ballah need?   Facebook, Instagram en YouTube for the online campaign Flyers Stickers A location for the training A laptop for his presentation Transportation for the trainers Snacks for the participants
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