Feminists of the Future: Meet Dammy!

Chloe Halpenny | Sep 25, 2018

Earlier this month, we shared Talia’s story, one of our many (and youngest!) supporters and a fierce advocate for women’s rights. Talia is far from alone in the fight for women’s rights. Today, we’re putting a spotlight on yet another inspirational young feminist: Dammy. Alongside her Year 12 friends, 17-year-old Dammy organised a hugely successful “Rush for Rights” event at her school, Chelmsford County High School for Girls, bringing in an incredible £2,100 for Womankind’s partners around the world. Read on to learn more about what made Dammy’s event a success and how to join the likes of these young supporters this October.

What inspired you to fundraise for Womankind?

This year in the UK, we’re celebrating a milestone of 100 years of votes for some women, but it is easy to forget the women around the world who are still fighting for their rights. The senior prefect team and I really wanted to choose a charity that focused on gender equality and women’s empowerment on a global scale. The work that Womankind does, such as educating women on their rights and providing safety to girls and women experiencing violence, give women the opportunities they deserve and breaks down barriers to equality. This is exactly what we were keen on supporting.

Can you give a bit of background as to what your fundraiser was?

Our fundraiser was a bubble run event called “Rush for Rights,” which took place one afternoon at our school. This involved a 1.3km course around our school field with water obstacles along the way as well as a foam pit at the start and finish. Students helped run stalls with games and food as well as doing festival makeup and hair. During the afternoon, both students and teachers gave musical and dance performances, while guest speakers shared empowering words and spoke about equality.

What do you think made your fundraising so successful?

For us, the key was a great group of people who worked together well. Having the whole senior prefect team work on this event meant that we could split up what needed to be done and make the event the best it could be. Some of us advertised the event by making posters while others got performers together, hired equipment, arranged stalls, or collected donations. Another important thing is to spread the word. By putting up posters and keeping our fellow students up to date about the event and charity on a regular basis, within a short space of time everyone was aware of what we planned to do and our motivation. The whole school showed up to the event ready to have fun and eager to support a charity that is changing lives.

Do you have a favourite memory from your fundraising?

The best part of the day was watching each year’s group and teachers set off to take part in the bubble run. Seeing them all get together for charity and show so much spirit was the highlight of my day. They all thoroughly enjoyed themselves, which is so rewarding to see as one of the event planners.

11th October is International Day of the Girl - why should other girls and young women like yourself get involved?

Women and girls should get involved in advocacy to ensure that their voices are heard. For some young women and girls, it’s not always possible to speak out against injustice so I believe girls like me and my friends have a responsibility to make the most of opportunities like International Day of the Girl and ensure our voices heard. This can bring about change, and even encourage others in similar situations to speak out and get their voices heard.

Do you have a message for other young aspiring feminists? 

Don't wait for another time for your voice to be heard. Use it now. Strive for a change in society. You may not know it, but by doing so you could be encouraging someone else to stand up as well. This could be as simple as supporting other women around you. No matter how small, your actions can make a difference.

Join us this October!

We’re endlessly inspired by the dedication and commitment of emerging feminist activists like Talia and Dammy, who are amazing examples for how anyone of any age can make a difference – with the right people and support. The impact they’re having is significant - £2000 can go as far as training 80 paralegals to support women survivors of violence, or training 100 government officials on how to end Female Genital Mutilation. Wondering how you can help? This 11th October, join us for the International Day of the Girl to advocate for the rights of girls all over the world – click here to learn more about how you can fundraise for women’s rights in your home, school, or community! 

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