It's Q+A Time!
We heard about Abbey Coe through the magic of social media :) A local news station wrote about her efforts to spread awareness about human trafficking and raise funds for Free The Girls! We were so honored that she chose to support our organization and just love seeing people around the world take initiative in making a difference. We got a chance to ask Abbey some questions and wanted to share with you! Thanks for your heart and passion, Abbey!
Q + A with Abbey Coe
Q. Where are you from and what are you most passionate about?
A. I am from Bow, New Hampshire. I am most passionate about change. I believe that the world can be better and that everyone has a part in making that so. I don't know exactly what my part will be, but I''m excited to learn more about the world and myself in the hopes of finding that.
Q. Tell us about your heart for justice and what you decided to do about it.
A. I discovered feminism and the world of activism in 8th grade via social media. I had a very limited world view, being from a small town in New Hampshire with minimal diversity, but that's when my eyes started to open. In high school, I worked hard to educate myself about the world; now I follow current events, I am aware of my surroundings, and I love studying history. Through that larger, more worldly perspective,
I began to notice injustices, large and small. I became a strong activist voice in the classroom and out, and now that is my claim to fame at school.
At my school, we have a senior project, which I've been thinking about since I was little. As I grew into my role as a local activist, I knew that my senior project would reflect that and so I based it around Free the Girls.
Q. Tell us about your current research project and and how can others get involved.
A. My research is one part of my senior project and is based around my essential question: "What factors lead to a society with increased gender based human rights violations?" I'm looking into this on a worldwide and local level. There isn't a lot of information on the root of this issue, and I'm excited to put my findings out there.
The other part of my project is a showing of the movie Sold, which is about a girl from Nepal who ends up in a brothel in India. At the movie showing (which is at Red River Theater in Concord, NH on August 24 at 6:30), I will be collecting both bras and money that I will donate to Free The Girls. You can get involved by donating on my Facebook page (Abbey Coe) to Free The Girls, or donate either money or a bra on your own.
Q. Who are some of your heroes/heroines or people you look up to in this work or in the world?
A. Malala Yousafzai is a personal hero of mine. I am so inspired by her courage and advocacy on a small scale, and how she used her voice when she was given a platform to speak to the world. I also look up to my mother. She has been an educator all of her life, and now is an assistant superintendent. She got her Doctorate in Education while raising me and my sister, and working at a school. She pushes me to work hard and find my passion, and...
I admire her ability to affect change right where she is standing.
Q. What inspired you to connect with Free The Girls in the first place?
A. I was discussing my senior project with my mother, who has taught the class several times so she has had ideas about my project for years, and she found the Free The Girls website. When I looked into it, the cause struck a chord with me. I noticed that it was unlike other organizations in that the mission is to help survivors rebuild their lives. I was immediately interested because I had never considered that once freed, there is more to really being free.
Q. What are some of your hopes and plans for your life after you graduate high school?
A. I hope to study International Relations in college, and I'm more than excited for that. I haven't solidified what I want to do with my degree, but I've thought about going into an NGO to do some international aid work, the CIA, Foreign Service, or something related. I want to work outside of the US, in the hopes of creating a safer, more connected world.
Q. If you could inspire others to become everyday abolitionists too, what advice would you share?
Commit to your passion. You may not know what that is, and that's okay, but once you find it, put your entire self into it. Become the kind of person who will inspire others.
Q. Fill in the blank: An everyday abolitionist is......
A. someone who sees a need for change, and fights to make it right.
We're so grateful for Everyday Abolitionists like Abbey in our world! If you or someone you know is a world-changer with some great ideas, we'd love to hear about it! Please tag us on social media (instagram / facebook / twitter) and hashtag #freethegirls and #EverydayAbolitionist or email Abby @ firstname.lastname@example.org . We love to highlight those that inspire!