My passion for sustainable development began when I was 15 and I was working on my Queens Guide Award, as a youth member of Girl Guides Australia… In 2019, my passion for promoting sustainable development will see me continue as the video producer for Campaign for Australian Aid, and Oxfam Australia activist, and taking on a new role as a World Guiding and Sustainable Development Resource Leader with Girl Guides Australia.
Queens Guide Award and the Millennium Development Goals
My focus for my Queens Guide Award was the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts’ (WAGGGS) Global Action Theme, and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (8 goals seeking to end poverty by 2015). I lead numerous activities to teach children aged 5-17 about the MDGs, I organised a 24 hour poverty challenge camp for girls aged 10-15, and I organised and carried out a community advocacy & fundraising campaign for UNICEF.
After completing my Queens Guide Award and graduating high school in 2013, I was invited to attend a conference in Hong Kong for “Youth Determined to Transform the World.” I learnt so much about ways in which young people can drive social change, and I listened to so many inspiring speakers in various workshops, but a common theme amongst them all was the importance of travel… and I realised that if I wanted to change the world, I had to experience it first.
So at the age of 17, I set out to travel as much as I could (I’ve been to 34 countries to date). It all began with a trip to Pune, India, where the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) has one of its 5 world centres, Sangam. Sangam partners with local community based organisations, and I was able to learn all about their amazing projects, and even got to work closely with one group on a 2 week project.
Working with CBO’s in India
Social Change Conference, Hong Kong 2013
Queens Guide Award Ceremony, 2014
I whole-heartedly support the work of the United Nations. I’ve attended a UN Student Seminar, been a Youth Assembly Delegate, and volunteered with UN Youth Australia.
In 2015, world leaders at the United Nations agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. Expanding on the previous Millennium Development Goals, these goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. As both an individual and with various organisations, I’m a passionate Sustainable Development activist, guided by the Global Goals.
Campaign for Australian Aid
I first became interested in the importance of foreign aid after reading The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer when I was in high school. When I learnt that Australia was continuing to cut its foreign aid budget to below 0.2% GNI, despite committing to invest 0.7% of our GNI in foreign aid as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, I was so disappointed in my country. Then, I learnt about Campaign for Australian Aid, a coalition of aid groups, churches, and businesses, campaigning for the government to reach its 0.7% commitment, and I was keen to get involved. Since 2017 I have been a digital volunteer and video producer for the campaign. You can check out my videos here.
The Dandora Transformation League is an umbrella body bringing together over 120 youth groups from the low-income Dandora suburb, to the east of Nairobi in Kenya, and working to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through public space renovation. My experience in campaigning began with the first community campaign I created for DTL.
Tackling Poverty in the Fashion Industry with Oxfam
Oxfam’s Change Initiative brings together youth leaders and supports them over a 6 month training program in campaign strategy and community organising. As a 2018 Change Initiative Youth Leader, I worked on Oxfam’s What She Makes campaign, calling on big brands to pay the women who make our clothes a living wage, so they can break the cycle of poverty. Read more