Aid and Development

Meet the 8 year old girl who campaigned in the French presidential elections

Join

Join the fight against extreme poverty

2017 is the year when the five-year mandate of François Hollande came to an end. That’s why on the 1st of March, our ONE colleagues in France launched a campaign called “Cap ou pas Cap?” (“to dare or not to dare”) to call on candidates to present their plan to end extreme poverty in Africa by 2030.

And guess what… they nailed it! With the help of ONE’s youngest member, Romy, an eight-year-old girl from Paris, they managed to secure responses from more than half of the candidates (6 out of 11). All candidates made strong commitments on things such as increasing the French ODA budget significantly, tackling corruption and cracking down on tax avoidance.

And – with the help of our incredible Youth Ambassadors and super devoted members – the French team managed to get Emmanuel Macron, the new French President (!) to be “Cap” and to present his plan for Africa.

How did they get there? Here’s a list of things we think won it:

1. ROMY

An amazing campaign like this one needs an amazing support! A wonderful 8-year-old girl called Romy teamed up with ONE to get the message out there. She is strongly convinced that where you live should not determine whether you live. And she wanted to send a clear and honest message to the candidates.

Watch her video (in French) now!

With all of her straight talking, she impressed a famous French journalist called….

2. MOULOUD ACHOUR

Mouloud Achour – a renowned French journalist who has interviewed international superstars like Alicia Keys, Kanye West and many more – saw Romy’s video and was totally impressed by her commitment to ending extreme poverty at such a young age.

In a short interview, she explains why she decided to make that video. She also says that she does not understand why not everyone has the same rights, the same opportunities, why boys and girls her age can’t go to school and see a doctor when they are sick.

3. SUPPORT FROM INFLUENCERS

The campaign made quite a stir across France! Several celebrities have carried the message and supported ONE on social media: Jamel Debbouze, a French Comedian, Valérie Damidot, a TV show host, and the singers Asa and Féfé!

We also want to make a special mention to Tryo, a French band and a longtime supporter of ONE for their warm welcome in Paris during their concert. The Youth Ambassadors tabled at their concert for 3 days in order to promote the Cap ou pas Cap campaign!

The music band Tryo and the Youth Ambassadors.

4. YOUTH AMBASSADORS!

As usual, our amazing Youth Ambassadors have been extremely busy: getting on social media, tweeting and reaching out to candidates, going to their headquarters and meeting with their teams, and organising local events to showcase the campaign…

Here’s a little recap of their actions:

  • Mobilisation:

A Youth Ambassador looking for a candidate to commit against extreme poverty!

  • Dedication to the cause: 

    Youth Ambassadors went to the candidates headquarters in order to get their plan for Africa.

  • Organisation:  

Youth Ambassadors have been extremely motivated and organised events in their schools, during festivals and in the streets in order to mobilise as many citizens as possible!

And their efforts paid off! 15,000 of you signed the pledge!

5. GREAT MEDIA COVERAGE

The Youth Ambassadors have aroused the curiosity of many regional media during those 8 weeks and were even live on TV!

Paul and Sarah on Live TV

6. WHAT A RESULT!

After intensive months of campaigning and advocacy work, 6 candidates have been declared “Cap” by ONE in France: Benoît Hamon, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Jacques Cheminade, Emmanuel Macron and Philippe Poutou. And for the first time in ONE’s history, the French team received one of them at their office!

Check out the pictures of the meetings between the Youth Ambassadors and the candidates:

So, what’s in the candidates’ plans for Africa?

· The new President Emmanuel Macron committed to reaching the 0.7% ODA/GNI objective by 2025, and to reach 0.55% by 2022.

4 candidates out of 6 committed to reaching the 0.7 objective in 2022: Benoît Hamon, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Jacques Cheminade and Philippe Poutou

Benoît Hamon, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Jacques Cheminade and Philippe Poutou have taken strong commitments to fight tax evasion and corruption. Emmanuel Macron’s position on the issue is still vague but ONE will follow-up on it and make sure that he implements transparency measures in the future.

The candidates have also taken strong commitments for girls’ education and to foster the aid allocated to fragile states and LDCs.

We couldn’t have got these great results without the support of our fantastic Youth Ambassadors and members!

You must be thinking that “Cap ou pas Cap” is now over…? Guess what, it is not! Parliamentary elections are coming up in France and they are as crucial as the Presidential ones. Indeed, we need to make sure that futures MPs also commit to take strong commitments to fight extreme poverty during their 5-year mandate and defend the world’s poorest!

That’s why the French team is going to need the help of all ONE members, including YOU!

Please add your voice and sign the petition TODAY.

Join the Conversation

Comment Guidelines

Related Articles