Manifesto for Girl's Rights in Wales launched in Cardiff
Full Circle Education launched the very first Manifesto for Girl's Rights in Wales at the Senedd on 13 October.
It focuses on five main themes - education, a voice, a safe community, a fulfilling future, and freedom of choice - with the aim of "improving rights for girls and young women, and a recognition of the challenges still facing girls across the country."
Drawing on the voices of young girls and professionals, gathered from workshops, focus groups and a survey of over 600 young women in Wales, the report by Full Circle Education
found a number of issues facing girls.
The main issues experienced by the respondents ranged from body image concerns to sexual harassment. Less than 8% thought there was enough support for girls and young women in Wales, but most remarkably, almost 6 out of 10 said they did not think they had the same rights and opportunities as their male counterparts.
The launch gave young girls the platform to speak about the challenges they face on a daily basis, Speakers invluded pupils from Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr, as well as a presentation by Plan UK on their research of girls rights in the UK.
To read the full report and findings by Full Circle Education click here, or to read their Manifesto click here.
Celebrating 10 years of Wales' Partnership with Africa
October marked ten years of work with communities across Africa through the Wales for Africa programme
Launched in 2006, with the aim of supporting and encouraging people of Wales to be more actively involved in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the programme has now over 350 active links between Wales and Africa across 25 African nations.
Whether helping 544,000 Ugandan farmers receive training and trees to help shade their crops, or improving the health of thousands through 72 health projects, the Wales Africa links are an evident success.
Wales has now a fifth of all hospital links with Africa in the UK, one of its many achievements since the programme began.
This success was commended by the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, in an event held at the Senedd on October 3, where he stressed the value of solidarity and relationships based on mutual learning and respect.
He also commended the work of Hub Cymru Africa
who's funding benefited 80,000 people in Wales and 260,000 people across Africa in 2015.
Hub Cymru Africa have funded projects like that of
SaddleAid, an Anglesey based company, who developed a horse saddle to help pregnant women and the sick living in remote areas of Ethiopia to be transported safely to a hospital.
The programme is a long term commitment towards Wales' global responsibility, which looks to be going from strength to strength.
To see more Hub Cymru Africa funded projects click here