We want to hear teen girls’ views

2016 WINNERS: Francesca Hunt and Esther Frempong.

2016 WINNERS: Francesca Hunt and Esther Frempong.

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TEENAGE girls in Leeds – this is your chance to tell us what you think.

To mark International Women’s Day the Yorkshire Evening Post is asking girls aged 11-18 to write an article or make a video on an issue you think is important.

For the article all you have to do is write around 250 words on why you feel it matters so much and what changes you may want to see. If you make a video it should be no more than one minute. We will make sure your voice is heard.

The winners will be announced in the newspaper on International Women’s Day on March 8 and their entries will be in the paper and online. Other entries may also feature.

As the prize the winners will have the unique opportunity to visit the newsroom, join the YEP’s morning conference and see first-hand how the paper is put together. Hannah Thaxter, editor of the YEP, said: “We really want to hear what you think is important. We look forward to seeing how young women in the city would change things and why.”

Last year’s winners were Francesca Hunt and Esther Frempong, both 16, from Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds. Entries raised issues such as anxiety, feminism and body image.

Marie Coleman, Curriculum Leader of English at Corpus Christi, said last year: “I am always delighted when our students write something they are proud of. I am especially delighted that Esther and Francesca have had their work publicly recognised by the YEP; what a lovely accolade and a tremendous achievement.”

Email your entries to hannah.start@jpress.co.uk by the end of Feb 28 at the latest. Entrants must have permission from a parent or guardian to enter. Please also include contact details for them.

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