Laura Whitmore is a young television presenter for MTV Europe. She was born in Dublin and went to study journalism in Dublin City University, Ireland, with a semester abroad at Boston University (BU) in the US. In April 2008 she won ‘Pick Me MTV‘ – a search to find a new presenter to co-host MTV News bulletins and half hour show MTV News The Cube.
Laura Whitmore is a long time supporter of Plan and she launched this blog, to show that Cyberspace is a tool that can help girls improve their quality of life but only if used positively.
Because I am a Girl I ask … that every girl in the world will be given a proper childhood, like I had. To be given a good education, to have play time, to be part of a loving family and to be provided and cared for.
Because I am a Girl I believe … that we girls can do anything! We are a strong force when united, and that’s why it’s so important for those of us with voices to use it to protect those who have been silenced. I find it disgusting that in many developing
countries girls are treated as second class citizens. With an education, prospects and opportunities, a girl can be anything and do anything she wants.
Because I am a Girl I remember … that I very nearly didn’t apply for my job with MTV. My first thought was ‘No one ever wins these things’, but my mam always says: ‘If you’re not in it, you can’t win it.’ So I just decided to go for it. I come from a single parent background and I’m so lucky that I’ve always had great support from my Mam. She taught me that there is nothing I can’t achieve if I want it enough.
Because I am a Girl I dislike … people who knock people down. I’ve seen girls and guys who have no faith in themselves because their whole life they’ve been told they are worthless. I’ve met many celebrities (actors and musicians) who very nearly didn’t succeed as no one ever believed in them. But as soon as they get that one acknowledgment of ‘ you can be someone’ it can totally change them and their lives.
Because I am a Girl I feel … lucky to be in a position to be able to help others less fortunate. I sponsor a child through Plan so I’m very aware of the ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign and I’m happy to help in any way. It’s important to do whatever you can to lend a hand – no matter
how small, it all counts.
Because I am a Girl I … am special. I have an inner strength and resolve and I believe all us girls have it. That’s what makes us girls so great!