Upper LaHave's Stella Bowles is joining eight other young women October 11 at Mount Saint Vincent University to celebrate the UN International Day of the Girl Child.
Bowles is at The Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice to address an audience with her story of how she prompted action toward the clean up of the South Shore's LaHave River.
She is one of a diverse group of nine young women of diverse socio-economic backgrounds working in the area of social justice and who are making presentations.
The others include First Nations dancer Trisha Gore; singer Jody Upshaw; and actor and dancer Gabrielle Trudel.
Because of Bowles' work, three levels of government have allocated $15.7 million to address the problem of illegal straight pipes that still drain raw sewage from over 600 homes along the river.
Bowles, 13, has teamed up with Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation and together they will be starting a campaign to train other kids to become citizen scientists and test their own waterways, across the province.
"The International Day of the Girl Child has not yet been talked about in Nova Scotia or even nation-wide in any significant way this year or even in the last few years," Dr. Susie Brigham, Chair of the Alexa McDonough Institute and Professor in the Faculty of Education at the Mount said in a statement.
"The goal of this event is to help bring awareness to challenges that girl children face, showcase some, inspire some and provide an opportunity for girls in Nova Scotia to get together."