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Adiba Hasnat

Youth Advocate, Toronto

Adiba is an enthusiastic youth advocate from Toronto who has been involved in her community since she was 12 years old. She is passionate about girls’ issues and children's rights and has joined many youth leadership groups over the past few years. She is a member of the YWCA girls’ council, Plan Canada's Because I am a Girl Speakers Bureau and the University of Toronto Scarborough Youth Cabinet. She has facilitated many workshops and given several presentations on healthy living, gender stereotypes, youth leadership, importance of community involvement and self-esteem. She is the president of her school's Equity Council and runs many school-wide events on anti-racism, anti-sexism, anti-homophobia and disabilities. She believes that anyone can initiate social change in their community regardless of their age or experience as long as they are passionate about what they believe in.
Alamy

Giving Girls in Ghana the Tools to Make a Difference

This summer, I had the amazing opportunity to visit Ghana as youth ambassador with Plan Canada. We know that young educated girls are vital for the growth of a community, but seeing it firsthand is a whole other kind of understanding. Ghana is no longer that faraway place that you might hear about on TV. It's a country full of youth just life us who can transform their community if they have the right tools to do so.
09/02/2012 02:54 EDT