Witnessing many of her friends become brides and mothers at a very young age, Marie Augustine is motivated to fight for girls’ rights to decide on and control their own bodies and future.
She also has been instrumental in establishing Communal Children’s Councils in Sédhiou, Senegal, through which she advocates for youth-responsive budgeting and meaningful youth participation in municipal budget debates and decisions.
Marie Augustine’s aims to create a local and global culture where girls and women are valued and where youth are empowered to have a stake in their own future.
Marie-Augustine will be among the youth activists participating at the Plan International Global Girls’ Summit on 10th October 2018 in Brussels.
Ahead of International Day of the Girl, a mentoring session was held on 10 October in Paris in which a group of girl activists heard stories and insights from inspirational women about how they became leaders. The girls were given advice and support on how to succeed in a male-dominated world, set up their own businesses and how to make their dreams come true.
Some of the inspiration women who took part in the session include vlogger Lola Dubini; business executive Tiffany Pham; Fearless Girl sculptor Kristen Visbal; girls' rights activits Salwa Toko; Journalist Mariane Pearl; vlogger Ingrid Nilsen and Plan International CEO Anne-Birgitte Albrechtsen.