Here is Part II of my interview with Monique Coleman. I am so inspired by all the work she does to helps girls and women around the world, and I encourage all of you to find ways to get involved with Girl Up to support women’s rights!
ACTBOLD: You have just stepped into a new role as a Girl Up Champion! What are you looking forward to the most about this new position?
MO: Everything! I LOVE Girl Up and I’m thrilled to use my platform to raise awareness about the various Girl Up campaigns. I also enjoy getting to know the teen advisors. They are passionate, creative, and committed to social change. Their efforts are inspiring to me.
ACTBOLD: Their efforts inspire me too! What do you think is the most important thing teens can do in support of Girl Up and the work that they do?
MO: Start a Girl Up club at school or with your friends! Use your social networks to raise awareness about the campaigns. Keep your global sisters in mind as you advance in your personal endeavors. Look for ways to apply your personal dreams and passions to global change.
ACTBOLD: In your opinion, what is the most effective platform to educate young people around the world on issues such as child marriage?
MO: This is a difficult question. I find that with any issue, the best thing you can do is to create an emotional connection. The Girl Effect is a fantastic video that achieves this. Making important issues personal, relatable, and memorable will ensure that young people commit to the cause for the long haul and not just a one-day event.
Don’t forget to follow Monique on twitter @gimmemotalk or connect with her at facebook.com/gimmemotalk!