Young volunteer Ciara Davies spent three months tackling poverty with her peers in Togo. It inspired her to raise awareness on women’s issues around the world on her return to the UK.

"I think I made people in my community more aware of the problems faced by women and girls around the world."

When an International Citizen Serivice (ICS) volunteer gets back to the UK, their inspirational journey is far from over. ICS means using the skills gained on your placement to take action back in your own communities – from sharing your experiences and raising awareness of global poverty, to leading small, local projects.

Ciara’s created a video to further raise awareness on women’s issues around the world, after experiencing sexism and learning about low female education rates and high birth rates in young women in the Togolese community she lived in.

“I chose to do a video so I could raise awareness on these issues to lots of people. I researched statistics about women’s issues and the charities working to help them, and then worked them into a video. My aim was to educate myself and others, and inspire them to support the work of charities combating these issues.”

“I think I made people in my community more aware of the problems faced by women and girls around the world. I learned a lot about the scale of the problems myself. I plan to support the work of some of the charities I learned about by volunteering and donating.”

Watch Ciara’s video below…

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Togo

With a population that is predominantly young and rural, it is apt that the green stripes of Togo’s flag symbolise hope and agriculture. Yet poverty remains widespread and poor governance continues to hamper efforts to end it.

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