Good Sports: FIGHTING FOR PERIOD EQUALITY
Nineteen-year-old Amika George of London, England, was named to Teen Vogue’s “21 Under 21 class of 2018,” which spotlights extraordinary young women and girls. In 2017, George started a campaign called #FreePeriods to persuade British Prime Minister Theresa May to give free sanitary products to all girls who are eligible for free school meals in the U.K. She has amassed more than 180,000 signatures in a petition at Change.org, and also organized a 2,000-strong protest for period equality in November 2017.
“Growing up in a more digital age, we’ve realized … that as a teenager you can elicit political change and have an impact on the world,” she told Teen Vogue. “That’s sadly a new concept, but there are examples all over the world of young people standing up for things they believe in. I think that’s definitely going to continue.”
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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