Written by Sarah Jabir, ONE UK Youth Ambassador
U2 Concerts and the fight against extreme poverty. At first, these two things may not seem at all related, but as a ONE Youth Ambassador (YA), I know otherwise. The U2 concerts in London saw a group of YAs work enthusiastically in the fight against extreme poverty, getting hundreds of concert-goers to sign ONE’s Poverty is Sexist petition, calling on world leaders to take action for women and girls around the world.
Our last night in London & we have this wonderful team pictured in front of the wonderful @U2 🇬🇧
— Billy Hill 🙌🏼 (@campaignbill) October 24, 2018
Dressed in our black ONE t-shirts with a bag of ONE wristbands in one hand and an iPad in another, we were prepped with all the gear necessary to begin our mission: to raise awareness of gender inequality. Come rain or shine, we worked eagerly as a team to advocate against extreme poverty. Not even the bitter cold could dampen our enthusiasm!
As each day went by, more and more concert-goers signed our petition. Many were interested in better understanding the close relationship between gender inequality and extreme poverty. Attaining gender equality in developing nations and promoting girls’ education is one of the first steps toward a world free of extreme poverty.
It was not surprising that many of U2’s dedicated fans had already heard about our petition. What was surprising was the amount of interest our petition sparked beyond our campaign! “What else can we do to help?” “How do I get my friends and family involved?” “Are there any other campaigns to look out for?” These were just some of the many questions people asked.
While the concerts were a complete success in raising awareness of gender inequality, it is not the end of the journey. We still have a long way to go before men and women are equal. As Youth Ambassadors, we will continue fighting for a fairer world, because none of us are equal until all of us are equal.
Didn’t make it to the concert? Add your name to our #PovertyIsSexist open letter here!
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