Period poverty campaigner Amika George handed MBE

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21-year old, Amika George, has received an MBE for campaigning for free period products at schools.

George, from North-West London, persuaded the UK government to pay for the items at every state school and college in England, according to BBC News.

Her MBE is for services to education.

On accepting her MBE, George said, “I was thrown into a bit of self-reflection where I asked myself, ‘do I want this tied to my name?’

“I have a huge opportunity in accepting the award to draw attention to our lack of education around empire and Britain’s history, but also to show other young people, particularly from the Asian community, who maybe don’t feel very empowered politically, or don’t feel seen.

“I want to show them that your opinions and political actions are just as valid and needed as an older white man who seems to be in Parliament and seems to have a lot more power than you do.”

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