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Léa Linster supports Because I am a Girl

12.10.2012 From our online archive
Luxembourg chef Léa Linster backed the battle for girls around the world when she helped host a stand for the International Day of the Girl.

Luxembourg chef Léa Linster backed the battle for girls around the world when she helped host a stand for the International Day of the Girl.

Dressed in a pink scarf and carrying a balloon with the words: “Because I am a Girl” scrawled across it, the gourmet chef offered autographs and photos to help promote the work of organisations like Manteneen fir Kanner asbl, in ensuring girls are treated equally.

Manteneen fir Kanner president François Reuter told wort.lu/en: “We invited Léa Linster to support the campaign because she has achieved great success in what is traditionally a man's domain.”

The Luxembourg-based asbl, which hosted the stand in Rue de l'Eau, is working with German-based charity Plan International to help children around the world by investing in their needs.

Young girls, in particular, suffer from considerable disadvantages in poorer countries, Mr Reuter explained, with one in three girls denied a secondary school education because of poverty, discrimination or violence. In addition young girls are forced into marriage or, in some case, sold into slavery, to reduce the financial burden on already impoverished families.

Through their campaigning Manteneen fir Kanner hopes to raise awareness and encourage people to sponsor or help a child through its many schemes. “For 28 euros you can sponsor a child, and this pays for their school, their food and some of the money goes to the community,” said Mr Reuter, adding that after several years sponsors will have the chance to meet the child that they have helped.

Find out more about the asbl by visiting www.luxemburg.plan-aktionsgruppen.de