Who says teens can’t make a difference?
Proscovia Oromait, 19, was just elected to Uganda’s parliament representing
the largely impoverished area of Usuk. She will assume the seat vacated by her
father upon his death in July. Her
victory was a landslide, per Global Post—Proscovia
received more than double the votes of her nearest competitor, and beat out
seven other politicians for the post.
Funnily enough, Proscovia is so young, she hasn't even voted yet. Though naysayers scoff at the idea of a 19-year-old representing
such a troubled region, she remains confident in her abilities to champion the
interests of those who voted for her. “It’s not about the age," she says. “It’s
about the brain.”
Like her father before her, Proscovia
seeks to dedicate herself to issues that will improve her locale, like building
roads, fighting cattle rustling and improving education. She is the youngest
member of an African parliament, and many hope she will inspire youth
everywhere to raise their voices and make a difference.
Bravo, we say! What do you think?
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 9/19/2012 4:33:00 PM
POSTED IN In the News, Get Inspired