12 female scientists climb for girls’ rights in developing world
What do you get when you rally together a bunch of outdoor-loving female scientists around the girls’ rights issue? In Robyn Forrests case, it’s a daunting hiking challenge, and a whole lot of change for some 22 girls in the developing world.
Robyn, a PhD and research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and her colleague Janelle Curtis, a conservation biologist, are leading a team of 12 up Mt. Albert Edward September 20 to 22. This will be a fundraising and awareness challenge to help send girls to school, supporting Plan Canada’s Because I am a Girl campaign for girls’ rights in the developing world.
Robyn shares that “Education has been transformative in my life – it has opened up new perspectives, opportunities, and taught me to believe in myself. I would like every girl to have the chance to experience this.”
The team’s $6,867 fundraising goal (which, by the way is the height in feet of their climbing objective, Mt. Albert Edward, Vancouver Island, BC) will get 22 girls started for one year with Plan’s Girl Scholarships program. It’s designed to help girls “gain skills and knowledge, and the confidence to take care of themselves, support their families, demand equal rights, and be an active participant in their communities” (Plan Girl Projects)
Robyn realized when first going back to university, that if she put in the time and effort, she could learn and subsequently do anything. So she pointed out the Girl Rising film and trailer with the following powerful quote:
“I will read, I will study, I will learn.
If you try to stop me, I will just try harder.
If you stop me, there will be other girls who rise up and take my place.
I am change. I am my own master now.
I feel as though I have power.
Now there is nothing to stop me.
I feel I can do anything.”
You can follow and support Robyn, Janelle and their team’s empowering campaign at Educated Women for Educating Girls – Mt. Albert Edward 2013.