3 Female Youth Activists Who are Changing the World
Teenagers around the world are making their voices heard, refusing to be ignored. In a new generation of young activists, they are deeply concerned about political, social and environmental issues.
Passionate about issues like gun control, climate change and fighting for gender equality around the world, here are some young women who are pushing boundaries to help change critical issues that are being swept under the rug.
The United States so far has had 21 mass shootings. Emma González is a 19-year-old advocate for gun control. In 2018, as a high school senior, she survived the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Seventeen of her peers were killed and she, along with several of her classmates, held gun-control rallies in their communities to prevent future mass shootings from happening again. González is a key organizer of the March For Our Lives movement which campaigns for stricter gun laws. She has toured around the U.S to register people to vote and talk about gun control.
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Reposting @malala ➡️ 🇯🇵 Konnichiwa, Japan — so excited to explore Tokyo, hear from young women and share their stories. (And hopefully see some cherry blossoms too! 🙏) . 🇯🇵日本のみなさん、こんにちは！今回東京に来るのを楽しみにしていました！日本の素敵な女性の方々から彼女たちのストーリーを聞くのがとても楽しみです.（この機会に桜も見られると嬉しいです!🙏）
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Girls around the world struggle every day to get an education due to circumstances such as poverty, cultural norms and violence in their countries. Malala Yousafazi demanded the girls be allowed to obtain an education in Pakistan. In 2014, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman and survived.
Yousafazi launched the Malala Fund in 2013 to raise awareness for girls getting an education. She continues to fight for girl’s education because war and poverty tried to take their chances away.
Our planet’s climate has been changing over time and, according to the World Meteorological Organization, the world is nearly one degree Celsius warmer than it was before.
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To those who question my so called “opinions”, I would once again want to refer to page 108, chapter 2 in the SR1,5 IPCC report released last year. There you’ll find our rapidly declining CO2 budgets. This is not opinions or politics. It’s the current best available science. All we’re saying is unite behind the science and listen to the scientists. Either you stand behind the Paris Agreement and the IPCC, or you don’t. In this case there’s no middle ground. You must include the full picture. As explained in my speech at the US Congress. Link in bio!
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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has inspired her entire generation. The 16-year-old attended the climate summit to share her thoughts, and she was vocal about her feelings.
Thunberg said, “I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.”
She continues to speak on climate change educating people on the issues at hand.
Wendy Phan's history in athletics inspires her to pursue a career in sports journalism. She is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism. She has valuable skills such as being a board operator and learning how to edit in Adobe Premiere.