Activist takes poverty fight to decision-makers
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A former Suffolk student has taken the fight to end extreme poverty to an assembly of the most powerful nations on earth.
Angela Tolliday was among 250 campaigners from all G7 countries to congregate in Munich for the ONE Summit, which unfolded alongside the annual gathering of the world’s leading advanced economies.
The 25-year-old joined several days of concentrated action hosted by The ONE Campaign, taking part in a public rally which brought thousands out in support of ending extreme poverty, including celebrities and politicians like R&B star Usher, Dutch DJ Afrojack and Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
She also created a striking visual stunt, standing with giant balloon heads of the G7 leaders in central Munich to illustrate that “there’s enough hot air already – real action is needed”.
Angela went to Woodbridge School and now works on Erasmus+ youth in action programmes for the European Commission, volunteering part time as a ONE youth ambassador.
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She said: “I want to show that young people do care about politics, and we believe we have the power to change things, especially in this important year for international development.
“The G7 begins a series of significant summits that will shape the global agenda for the next 15 years. It is important that G7 leaders are ambitious with their commitments to lead to way for the rest of the world.
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“The ONE Summit was a fantastic opportunity for young campaigners from across the world to come together and be heard by our leaders. It was an inspiring and stimulating summit and I feel privileged to have taken part – and motivated about what comes next.”
Angela was selected as a youth ambassador from hundreds of applicants across Europe to represent the anti-poverty organisation ONE.