This Teen Helped Implement Girls' Rights Policies, Even After Mayor Laughed Off Her Ideas

March 20, 2015 6:30 PM

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This Teen Helped Implement Girls' Rights Policies, Even After Mayor Laughed Off Her Ideas

She helped secure funding for girls' education and health in her rural Guatemalan town, and the international community noticed.

Last Tuesday, Emelin was invited to speak at the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women alongside the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and humanitarian Melinda Gates, NPR reported. She spoke on behalf of Let Girls Lead, a nonprofit that helped Emelin advocate for her hometown peers.

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