A little while ago we got a lovely surprise — a video created by Year 10 students Lottie and Sophie from Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College. Lottie and Sophie created an ad as part of an assignment and chose to promote Plan International’s Because I am a Girl campaign!
We were thrilled to have Lottie and Sophie visit our office and tell us a little more about their project and why they’re passionate about girls’ rights. Here’s what they had to say:
We loved you video, what inspired you to create it?
Lottie: It was an English assignment first — we had to make an ad and we got to choose if we created the product or if we did it off an original product or campaign.
Sophie: We wanted to do something meaningful, we didn’t want to do something that was any old assignment. So we started looking at some Plan International ads and ads from similar companies and went from there.
L: Most of the ads we watched were around women’s rights, I think we first watched the "Freida Pinto: Raise Your Hand For Girls" ad.
What made you choose Plan International’s Because I am Girl campaign?
S: We were looking at different women’s rights and children’s rights and we came across it and decided: this is what we want to do.
L: We liked the Because I am a Girl hashtag, we thought that would be really good to work with.
Plan works with children and girls overseas and has started looking at issues that impact girls here as well, like feeling safe in the city after dark. How do you think we can defend girls’ rights here and overseas?
L: The biggest thing is to be aware. A lot of people who it doesn’t affect probably don’t realise or don’t think about it as much. It’s part of our everyday lives but it wouldn’t come up as much for them. So maybe just to be aware that it is something that’s happening and there is stuff you can do about it.
S: I totally agree.
How did you go pulling the video together?
L: (laughs) I’m a very amateur video maker, I used iMovie. It was stop motion so we made all the pictures and Sophie was printing off all the people.
S: She’s the creative one so she did all the drawing and I did all the cutting.
L: But once we did that we had this massive white cardboard backdrop. I put it on my bed and spent a while, because it takes so long to take all the photos, moving the bits and then taking a photo, but I just used my phone to take the photos. And then just put them together. You have to make them really quick. Sophie came over to my house to rerecord and tried not to look at me while I did it because I was going to laugh!
I know it’s that period where people will be asking you this all the time, but what are your goals for the future?
L: I’m trying to keep my VCE subjects open, I know I’m definitely not a science or maths kind of person, I’m very much into the arts, so art and history and English and all that kind of stuff.
S: I’m more a maths and science person, but more maths. But I still want to do a bit of everything in VCE so my options are still open.
L: I’m interested in studying abroad so if I can afford that, if that’s something I can get into I would really like to experience that. My family has always said I’m quite human rights oriented.
Do you know where you got that interest in Human Rights?
L: I’ve always been quite sensitive, I’m a big crier (laughs). ln every single movie I’m crying about something. I think it was just always, I could never let it go. I see things on Facebook and it really affects me and I have to write about it. I’m a big writer, and I do love sharing my opinion. I have a blog but I don’t really use it that much, my mum’s really into blogging, she got my sister and me into it. I think I’ve always not been able to push something to the side, I’ve always had to say something about it. Even if it’s just to bring it to my friends on Facebook’s attention that something’s happening and that there are some things you can do about it or just be aware.
S: I’m not so much a writer, and I’m not blogging or anything like that, but obviously when something comes up that I’m interested in, it will affect me and I will want to share my opinion about it. But it will be just with friends or with family, it will be an issue or a debate.
Are there issues in particular that you find you’re drawn to?
L: Obviously women’s rights because we can relate. Because we’re women and we don’t experience as much as the people in developing countries but we do still have aspects of that in our everyday lives, and we’ve been told not to walk home alone at night from a very young age so I feel like that definitely should be changed.
S: Because we’re involved in it.
L: I think women’s rights has been such a big fight for such a long time. I’m very interested in the bombings in Syria and what’s happening with Donald Trump.
We didn’t have Facebook or social media when I was at school. What’s it like having your life out there on a public forum on social media and through blogging from a young age? Particularly being a girl?
L: I’ve always loved writing, I’m not very frequent with it, everyone’s posting every week but I just do it when I get an idea, if I want to talk about something I’ll talk about it. I haven’t really had any negative experiences but I have seen other girls have some negative experiences.
S: I’ve never had any negative experiences but obviously know of people who have and it’s been a big issue.
Do you find that your peers tend to agree with the issues you raise online, do you get into debates?
L: I’ve had girls that have shared what I’ve said, I feel that especially if it is about women a lot of my female friend agree, I don’t really see many of the boys doing it which is understandable.
Do you think people your age care about these issues?
S: It depend on the person. There are certainly people who do. But there are also groups of people where it doesn’t necessarily matter as much because maybe they haven’t been as aware at other people.
L: And I think it depends on the family and friends you’ve grown up around. It probably just depends on the environment you’ve been in.
There’s a lot of stuff happening in the world today and you have a lot more access to what’s going on than people ever have. How does that impact you as young people receiving all of that information, a lot of it quite negative, about the things that are going on in the world?
L: I feel like it can put a negative connotation on the whole world. It says that there’s bad stuff happening, that we’re going downhill but I think people are more aware and feel like they can speak out and say “this isn’t right and I’m not getting what I should be getting or I deserve”, so I feel that if people are more comfortable to come out and say that because more people have already, you’re kind of like, “I feel that too, I’m experiencing that too.”
Do you feel that through taking action like creating this video you can make an impact on those issues?
S: I’d like to think we could.
L: Yeah I hope so! I mean even just a little thing could change someone’s thought process or inspire other people, once you inspire people then other people get on it.
S: Even if it’s one person it’s still made a difference.
We’d like to help Lottie and Sophie’s video reach as many people as possible. Share it with your networks and help drive a discussion with your own friends and family. It’s a powerful way we can create change together.