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Local schoolgirl speaks at United Nations

Posted on Saturday 16th March 2019 at 6:17 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of Khushi in the chamber of the Trusteeship Council.

Bradley Stoke resident Khushi Ashwin has recently achieved her dream of speaking at a special conference on global sustainable development which was held at the United Nations in New York at the end of January. After working towards her dream for many months, fourteen-year-old Khushi, who attends Abbeywood Community School, was given the opportunity to speak at the conference about her campaign for gender equality and reducing violence against women.

Khushi arrived in New York on Wednesday 30th January and enjoyed a guided tour of the UN Headquarters building as well as a tour of New York City in the middle of a snow storm with temperatures varying from -2 to -16 degrees Celsius! Describing her first experience of the UN, Khushi said

“We got to see four out of five major organs of the United Nations. The most memorable building was the ECOSOC as we were told that the unfinished ceiling at one end of the room symbolises the constant developments and changes the world will continue to have.”

As part of the 1 Million for 1 Billion (1M1B) Activate Impact Summit, Khushi had to compete against 50 students in the Future Leaders finals by pitching her project to the experts and senior delegates. After a long day of PowerPoint presentations and many rounds of competitions, Khushi qualified with 11 others for the finals, which gave her “a sense of satisfaction and pride”.

Friday 1st February saw the final event arrive as Khushi prepared herself to speak at the 1M1B Activate Impact Summit. The summit was headed by the Canadian ambassador Louise Blaze, who shared her valuable insights with those in attendance. Khushi had an audience of about 150 people, including eminent speakers, judges, guests, mentors and students. Speaking of her experience, Khushi said:

“Speaking at the UN was a different experience altogether: a tinge of nervousness mixed with a jolt of excitement and something I will never forget. To begin with, presenting in front of so many people gave me shivers, however, the smiles which arose from the audience gave me confidence and kept me going. The reaction and the look of joy on the faces of all the panellists at my presentation will be imprinted in my mind forever.”

More: Khushi meets local MP and home secretary Sajid Javid »

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Khushi’s dream visit to the UN through karate

Posted on Sunday 13th January 2019 at 9:18 pm by Laura Mortimore

Photo of Khushi Ashwin holding a poster showing the 17 UN sustainable development goals on which the 1M1B programme is based.

Fourteen-year-old Khushi Ashwin, who lives in Bradley Stoke, is one of 25 young adults from around the world who have been selected to speak at a special conference on global sustainable development being held at the United Nations in New York in February 2019.

Khushi, who attends Abbeywood Community School in Stoke Gifford, has been working towards her dream for many months now and through her hard work and determination, that dream is finally becoming a reality.

Khushi is a black belt 2nd dan in shotokan karate and she is campaigning for gender equality. At fourteen, she already has a mission to reduce violence against women. She says:

“I dream of a world where there is no discrimination based on what gender you are. I want equal rights to be given to all girls and boys.”

She has chosen karate as a means to help her get closer to achieving her dream of women’s empowerment. Describing what karate means to her, she says: “I personally have had many benefits from learning the martial art form of karate. It is an amazing sport which is not only fun to do, but also trains our physical bodies to be flexible, keeps us mentally fit and teaches us self-discipline and endurance, and above all it teaches us self-defence techniques.”

Khushi has attended a Future Leaders’ course organised by 1 Million for 1 Billion (1M1B), a skills development and entrepreneurship programme based on the 17 UN sustainable development goals.

The programme aims to train one million young people to create jobs for one billion people.

More: Teaching self-defence karate to disadvantaged girls in India »

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