A young woman from Wisbech has been selected to be part of Girlguiding’s national youth panel to shout out about issues affecting girls and young women. Mathilde Tranter, 16, will be part of Advocate, a national Girlguiding group which discusses the issues girls care about and seeks change.
Mathilde, a Young Leader at the 1st Leverington Rainbow group will join 18 young women from across the UK on the Advocate panel – which celebrates its fifth birthday in September 2014.
The group meets four times each year to discuss diverse issues like sex and relationships education for young people, portrayal of women in the media, and sexism and harassment.
This group of young women were behind the charity’s support of the No More Page 3 campaign. They speak to MPs and Ministers at All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs), attend national conferences such as the Girl Summit in July 2014, and attend Party Conferences to give speeches.
Mathilde, said: “Being an Advocate is a way of giving back to Girlguiding and helping give girls all over the UK a voice. “I will definitely be behind any ideas which help change how music videos show young women and help all girls have better health education within school.”
Girlguiding’s Advocate panel also has a huge say on the direction of Girlguiding’s annual Girls’ Attitudes Survey. During her time as an Advocate, Mathilde will be involved in the development of the annual survey, which is now in its sixth year.
Mathilde, added: “With Advocate I really want to make young women and girls realise that it is definitely possible for them to become whatever they choose – from a plumber to the next Prime Minister.”
To find out more about Advocate, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk/advocate