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Warrior Women provides platform for young female trailblazers

Four female activists, who are all under the age of 17, are being given a platform to tell their stories at the next Warrior Women Collective event.

The Cardiff-based organisation is elevating the voices of these inspirational young women at its next ‘Rising Stars’ themed online panel event, on 16th July.

The four young women on the panel are trailblazing the way in Wales campaigning for race equality, reduced plastic usage and period poverty, striving to make a difference, empower young people and make a change for their future.

15-year-old Angel Ezeadum is the Welsh Youth Parliament Member for Race Council Cymru and a member of the UK Youth Parliament for Cardiff. Tackling discrimination and racial inequality has been Angel’s key policy since the start of her political journey and she continues to strive for a fairer and equal future.

16-year-old Amy Meek and 14-year-old Ella Meek are the sisters behind Kids Against Plastic set up in 2016 as a home-school project.  After learning about the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development and in particular the recurring issue of plastic pollution, over the last three years, Amy and Ella have worked hard to inspire children, engage politicians, business leaders and academics, and to motivate individuals, families, schools, cafes and businesses to become more discerning users of single-use plastic – or become ‘Plastic Clever’, as they call it. The Plastic Clever positive award scheme has been adopted by cafes, businesses and over 900 schools around the UK.

The final member of the panel is 17-year-old Molly Fenton who is the Founder of Love Your Period, a campaign that she began in school to eradicate period poverty and stigma for Welsh school pupils. As a result of her passion and drive, this has been extended to end the stigma across the globe. Molly has also set up period product collection in her local community, collecting hundreds of packs of products so they can be donated to homeless charities, shelters, women’s support and to BloodyGoodPeriod a charity that collects for refugees and asylum seekers.

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Founder of Warrior Women Collective, Amy Holland, said:: “We have showcased so many amazing women on our panels over the last 18 months, but we couldn’t help notice how many amazing young and talented women there are out there. We wanted to dedicate an event for these young voices and their incredible stories.

“The extraordinary work that these four are doing really does affect all of our futures and we can’t wait to hear their stories!”

Charlie Morgan and Amy Holland, the creators of the increasingly popular series of female-focussed events were forced to swiftly adapt their events offering following the worldwide virus outbreak in March, taking their events online.

Since their launch in 2017, the duo’s events have soared in popularity and all three of their online events have sold out.

Warrior Women Collective aims to empower and celebrate women through their series of female-focussed events. The uplifting, inspirational, and empowering events aim to engage women in thought-provoking and positive discussions.

They have featured speakers including some of Wales’s leading businesswomen and entrepreneurs, including Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, and Hannah Pycroft co-founder of Spectrum Collections, while also shining a light on thriving female-run businesses.

Charlie said: “We are so happy that our online events have been such a success. Our event style had to be transformed overnight as a result of the pandemic and it was a scary prospect. However, the network of amazing women who support our events have adapted to our new style and it has been amazing.

“Following our third sell out online event, it seemed so relevant to choose ‘Rising Stars’ as our next event theme. We’ve been seeing so many important young women emerging, and their voices are becoming louder than ever. We want to help make them even louder!”

The Rising Star event will be held on July 16. For more information and tickets visit https://warriorwomencollective.co.uk/next-event

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