From the stage this past week, we heard Bono saying in amazement that Montreal fans were among the loudest he has heard so far on this tour! ONE volunteers working at the concerts this week can attest to that enthusiasm as thousands of Montreal fans took action by signing our petition telling their world leaders that Poverty is Sexist!
Over the course of 4 concert nights a total of 3,460 people signed the Poverty is Sexist petition! “C’est incroyable!” as they say in the belle province of Quebec!
Local ONE volunteers as well as members from as far away as Nashville, Boston and Toronto travelled to Montreal to help spread the word that women and girls are disproportionately adversely affected by poverty and that we must continue putting pressure on our world leaders to empower women and girls everywhere.
Canadian ONE Youth Ambassador Talia Stone from Waterloo, Ontario who volunteered at the Montreal U2 concerts, recently returned from Munich where she joined with other ONE Youth Ambassadors at the G7 Summit to put pressure on G7 leaders to keep women and girls at the top of their development agendas. Talia had this to say:
“It was exciting for me as a young woman to see the response from Montreal fans to the Poverty is Sexist petition. Seeing other Canadians taking this issue to heart made me hopeful that we can see an end to global extreme poverty by 2030 especially as it affects women and girls. Bono said from the stage that ‘the world needs more Canadas and it made me proud to be Canadian.”
Fantastic 4 days in Montreal engaging new ONE members in the fight against global extreme poverty!
~ Sarah Stone, Grassroots Organizer ONE Canada