In the realm of child advocacy and youth empowerment, the Girls Got This Circle President, Marian Rose Dacles, stands out as a beacon of passion and dedication. Her remarkable journey, rooted in commitment to children’s rights and well-being, has now led her to an important role in shaping the future of child protection in the Philippines.
Marian’s journey began last 2021 when the Girls Got This Program launched its mentorship sessions in gender equality, leadership and youth empowerment activities in partnership with Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation under the Life Skills Plus Program.
She has also undergone a facilitator’s training from the partner organization, along with other remarkable young individuals, as part of the Consuelo Youth Advocate Network (CYAN). This training was not just about imparting knowledge; it was about nurturing the seeds of leadership and advocacy.
Today, Marian finds herself as one of the facilitators in a consultancy engagement with PLCPD (Philippine Legislator’s Committee on Population and Development), CWC (Council for Welfare of Children), and UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund), focused on developing the 4th National Plan of Action of Children (NPAC). Her unique perspective, unwavering dedication and passion for children’s rights have earned her an invitation to play the role as a young facilitator during a workshop at Quest Hotel, Cebu from September 15 to 17, 2023.
Marian’s journey is a testament to the power of youth engagement in decision-making processes. As the president of Girls Got This Circle, she brings not only her personal experiences but also the collective voices of countless adolescent girl advocates to the forefront. Her participation as a young facilitator bridges the gap between young people and decision-makers, fostering a more inclusive and participatory approach to NPAC development.
This invitation to Marian is not just a recognition of her individual achievements, but a celebration of the potential that lies within every young advocate who is committed to creating a better and safer place for children. As we look forward to the workshop, we applaud Marian and the entire participants, and organizers for their tireless efforts in championing children’s rights and their invaluable contributions towards a more inclusive and child-friendly Philippines.