Georgia Potton is a Campaigns Coordinator at Restless Development, leading our new climate change campaign. In this post she celebrates World Earth Day, the signing of the Paris Agreement and showcases the youth activists taking local action across the UK.
This blog is the first installment of our Young Powerful Women series for this years International Women’s Day. Hear from Mamuni, who was just 17 years old when she was pressured to get married. She lives with her mother and older sister in a remote village in Ganjam District, Odisha state, India. Here girls are often married as child brides, many before the age of 14. Her story shows her courage to fight for her education, and continue to lead the way for girl’s rights.
My mother, as a single parent and brick laborer, wanted me to get married to reduce the financial burden on her. So, I was arranged to be married to a 32 year old man in our village, and was not allowed to study anymore.
Day one below the line: Porridge for breakfast; rice and beans for lunch; a half carrot just now. In a few hours, I’ll be sitting down for, well, rice and beans again for dinner.
This is now my 3rd year taking the challenge, and the thing I can say about all 3 years is how quickly, sharply and acutely the challenge turns all of my focus to food.
- How much for those tea bags?
- How many scoops in the big batch of beans I cooked that must last the week?
- What are you going with this week? (said to co-workers at the microwave)
- How many more hours until I can eat again?
But to be fair, the focus turned to food before the challenge even began. Putting together the food list for the week is one of the trickiest parts…shuffling and reshuffling options to make the most of £5, I went to 4 different shops to buy food on Saturday over the course of about 4 hours, working with calculator and basket in hand to end up with: