Fionnula Egan, and FG MEP Brian Hayes
An anti-poverty activist from Naas is campaigning at European Parliament level for support to tackle poverty.
Fionnuala Egan (22) is from Caragh Court and is the daughter of former Naas councillor Anthony Egan.
She is also one of more than 200 youth ambassadors from the ONE Campaign representing 33 different nationalities who descended on Brussels from all over Europe on October 17, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
They wanted to ensure that the European Union chooses a path to end extreme poverty by 2030 by backing increases in long term development aid instead of short term quick fixes. “I met with Irena Andrassy, Deputy Head of Cabinet for International Cooperation and Development. We were there to urge the cabinet to replenish to the Global Partnership for Education fund.” said Fionnuala.
She said poverty disproportionately affects women and girls and education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty.
She added Ms Andrassy emphasised her commitment to gender equality and said development aid should be seen as a long term investment in a partner country, rather than a form of charity.
Over 60,000 European citizens have signed a petition supporting the youth ambassador's call for a 2018 budget that “will ensure an equal and just future for all.”
The ONE Campaign is a policy and advocacy organisation of more than 8 million people taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease disease, particularly in Africa.