ADVOCATING to stop bullying, a Burns Beach girl was recently the youngest delegate at an International Human Rights Summit in Europe.
Sian Williams (7) travelled to Brussels with her mother, Azelene, in September for the four-day event run by Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI), joining young delegates from 30 countries.
There she became the youngest person to receive a human rights hero award for her work, which includes creating videos and running workshops through her non-profit anti-bullying program Kidzucate. ‘Personally (Sian) faced her own challenges ” she stuttered and was bullied by other children,’ YHRI president Mary Shuttleworth said.
‘She wanted to do something to stop bullying. She thought that kids learn best from other kids.’
Sian told the Weekender she represented Australia at the summit, waving a heavy national flag and meeting many interesting people from other countries.
‘I did a 15-minute speech in front of 300 people,’ the Quinns Baptist College student said. ‘I talked about my website, Kidzucate.’
Helped by her mother, Sian started creating videos about bullying and other issues children faced, starring in them as the Kidzucate Kid.
Mrs Williams said the strongest message that came out of the summit was about finding peace.
‘It was quite heart-warming with everything going on in the world at the moment, with all the conflicts,’ she said.
‘If the world could have been a place where everybody could be OK with their religion and everyone’s religion, it would be a much happier place.’
Mrs Williams said they had held stalls at community events and were planning ‘mother and daughter’ and ‘me and my body’ workshops at Clarkson Library in November.
She said they were also putting together a harm prevention booklet to teach children about bullying.
Sian is also one of three finalists for the youth leader medal in the Pride of Australia Medal awards, which will be held in Perth on Saturday, October 4.