OXFORD students have united in a bid to end violence against women and girls.

University students from Pembroke College, in Pembroke Square, have joined children’s charity Plan UK and its Because I am a Girl campaign.

As part of the national campaign, they had the phrase ‘I’m putting girls’ rights where they can’t be ignored’ digitally written on their faces.

The Oxford campaign was organised by Pembroke’s women’s representative Anna Simpson.

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She said: “Pembroke is committed to promoting female welfare throughout our undergraduate body and now we are developing our initiatives.

“There is a fantastic appetite for campaigning amongst Oxford students and the FaceUp idea is a really effective way of getting people promoting women’s rights and raising awareness.”

The campaign aims to help millions of girls in the world’s poorest countries to stay at school and live safely away from violence. It also focuses on child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation.

A host of stars including singer Eliza Doolittle and children’s campaigner Esther Rantzen have backed the campaign.

Thousands of pictures of supporters’ faces were also made into an online mosaic to congratulate Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

Visit plan-uk.org/FaceUp for more information


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