Greenfields Girl at UN Human Rights Convention

02 Feb 2012

A TEENAGER joined United Nations representatives to discuss human rights in Geneva.
Georgia May Todd, a 15-year-old from East Grinstead, took part in the summit to educate others about human rights and “help make the world a happier and safer place”.

She joined other youth delegates from 30 countries at the 8th Annual International Human Rights Summit in Switzerland at the end of August.
Georgia May, a Greenfields School pupil, is a member of Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) and has been campaigning for human rights and educating others.

“If we were all educated in human rights, the world would be a better place,” she said.
“It would be a world full of people that respected one another. There are 30 human rights stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“Before I got involved with YHRI, I was totally unaware of what these were. Because I am now educated in them, I see people differently and respect them more.”

The 30 youth delegates were selected from nearly 1,000 applicants who submitted human rights essays with evidence of their work to promote human rights education throughout the past year.

The theme of this year’s summit was “to create leaders through human rights education”, and included an entire day devoted to training youth delegates in leadership, communication and audio-visual skills.

Photo: Georgia May Todd with Dr Mary Shuttleworth at the summit