Lilian does 6 amazing things in her first week as a Youth Ambassador

Lilian does 6 amazing things in her first week as a Youth Ambassador

Our guest blogger today is Lilian Ojeda Sadhwani, a ONE Youth Ambassador in Belgium.

Lilian

Now it’s time to take the lead as ONE Youth Ambassadors!

After an intense training and launch of the ONE VOTE 2014 campaign in Brussels, we were prepared and inspired to pursue our mission as ONE Youth Ambassadors – to persuade MEPs to sign the ONE Vote 2014 pledge.

We met several MEPs, the EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz who all signed our pledge but more was to come.

Unexpectedly, his Excellency the President of Ghana J. D. Mahama joined our event and his words inspired everyone: the fight against extreme poverty is possible with the right support and smart investments. And the facts prove this: for instance, investment in agriculture has boosted Ghana’s overall growth, allowing the achievement of several Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) like halving child malnutrition.

With this support and motivation to challenge inequality and extreme poverty, who would not feel encouraged to get started straight away? This is what inspired me after the launch to contact a couple of Members of European Parliament (MEPs) for the first time.

The first target was the Head of the Spanish Delegation to the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group himself: the MEP Juan Fernando López Aguilar, one of the candidates running for the European Parliament elections for his party, Partido Socialista Obrero Español (PSOE).

The MEP Juan Fernando López Aguilar, taking a selfie with me after signing the ONE VOTE 2014 pledge.

The MEP Juan Fernando López Aguilar, taking a selfie with me after signing the ONE VOTE 2014 pledge.

Remembering everything I’d learnt at the launch, I explained to Mr. López Aguilar the purpose of the ONE Vote 2014 campaign and justified it with good factivism.  Poverty has been halved in the past 20 years and it can be eliminated by 2030 if European leaders like him commit to providing aid to the world’s poor and promote transparency in businesses and governments.

How? Let’s start with a signature now and a commitment to fight if elected. I have to admit that it was not difficult, since he empathised with our cause really quickly, but still I could not stop feeling fulfilled!

However, this was not all. Other Spanish S&D MEPs Iratxe García Pérez, Enrique Guerrero Salom, María Muñiz de Urquiza, Ricardo Cortes Lastra and Ines Ayala Sender, also signed the pledge. They asked more specific questions about ONE and the campaign, but factivism helped me to demonstrate the purpose of our cause.

The MEP Iratxe García Perez, taking a selfie with me after signing the ONE VOTE 2014 pledge.

The MEP Iratxe García Perez, taking a selfie with me after signing the ONE VOTE 2014 pledge.

The outcome of the first week? Six more pledges signed, six more MEP supporters and ONE step closer to ending extreme poverty by 2030!

  • Enrique Guerrero Salom
    MEP Enrique Guerrero Salom signing the ONE VOTE 2014 pledge.
  • Ricardo Cortes Lastra
    MEP Ricardo Cortes Lastra signing the ONE VOTE 2014 pledge.
  • Ines Ayala Sender
    MEP Ines Ayala Sender signing the ONE VOTE 2014 pledge.
  • María Muñiz de Urquiza
    MEP María Muñiz de Urquiza signing the ONE VOTE 2014 pledge.

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