Actress Bonnie Wright highlighted the important role played by co-ops in fighting extreme poverty and hunger in a 40 minutes slideshow presentation at Co-operatives United.
Best known for playing Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter film series, the 21-years old actress and model is also an ambassador for Global Poverty Project.
The multi-media presentation addressed key topics such as what is extreme poverty, what can be done about it and what are the barriers to ending extreme poverty.
Global Poverty ambassadors also described their personal experiences and the way in which the programme helps to tackle poverty.
In her short presentation, Bonnie Wright referred to her trip to Senegal with Oxfam to draw attention to the food crisis across the Sahel region of West Africa. She mentioned that meeting Aissatou Kante and her 11-month daughter Naimouna during the trip made her want to get even more involved in Global Poverty’s projects.
“I became an ambassador to share and learn what we can do,” she said. The actress also stressed out the main ways in which progress can be achieved: eradicating extreme poverty, providing co-operative education, empowering young people and women.
Present at the event, Elisha London, UK Director Global Poverty Project, delivered the presentation along with Bonnie Wright. She said “Extreme poverty is a slavery issue for our generation”.
The event, hosted in partnership with The Co-operative Group, was part of Co-operatives United and took place on Thursday, 1 November. To find out more about Global Poverty’s projects visit http://www.globalpovertyproject.com/.