Every Girl Matters

For Eessa Nasser, Phoebe Hickling-Waddams, Natalie Douglas and Danika Williams, nothing is more important than supporting the education of African girls in Uganda.

The group of second year Social Work students self-funded a trip to the West Nile region of Uganda, to support a project called Keep a Girl in School with their own campaign Every Girl Matters. While there, they’ll support the plight of young women who miss out on an average of 20% of the school year as a result of lack of provision for menstrual health support. The students will visit Uganda Red Cross Camps twice during the course of their studies, to deliver sanitary products and to meet the women affected. They'll be accompanied by Lesley Best, a social worker and former senior lecturer at UON, who will manage their learning outcomes during the trip.

To raise the funds, the group have been hard at work with bake sales, raffles and an upcoming ‘big fun day’ carnival. They’ve even had their own campaign t-shirts created. Alongside their own efforts, the trips have been part-funded by the British Association of Social Workers international division, and British Airways. Their goal is to provide 1,000 women with sanitary products. 

Speaking of their campaign, Danika said "We're not ones to rest on our laurels in social work, so we're embracing the University's Changemaker spirit and getting out into the world to make a difference." 

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