Justine Greening MP and Secretary of State for International Development visited Walworth Academy on 22nd January 2015.

Justine Greening visits Walworth Academy

Justine Greening MP and Secretary of State for International Development visited Walworth Academy on 22nd January 2015.

Justine Greening MP was introduced by Kaii Bailey (Year 10) and Andy Owusu (Year 13) as a woman who works tirelessly to address poverty around the world, fighting Ebola and supporting countries around the world in their fight to protect the rights of their people.

Ms Greening is now fighting for the rights for girls and women around the world to challenge and eradicate FGM and forced marriage.

Ms Greening spoke about “The Girl Summit” hosted at Walworth Academy in July 2014, as being the most formidable landmark in the international battle against FGM and forced marriage. As she addressed students in a special assembly, she commented on the magnitude of the event in hosting international leaders from all over the world who made their pledge to end FGM and child marriage. Students were asked to reflect on the opportunities they have and how readily they take them for granted.

Ms Greening stressed the significance of Walworth Academy youth, in effecting a real change and ending discrimination and victimisation. Simon Hughes, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, also visited to support this important initiative and hear what progress had been made.

Year 10 are embracing this issue by working with a survivor of FGC and sexual exploitation – Jay Kamara. It is their intention to create a delegation of year 10 students who will work across the academy to highlight the rights of women and the dangers of sexual exploitation.