In the 2010 General Election only 39% of women aged 18-25 voted. The Youth Media Agency has launched the #XXVOTE campaign to encourage more 18-25 year olds, especially women, to register to vote by the deadline of 20 April. Click here to register: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
The Girl Guiding movement have a launched a programme called: Girls Matter – Hear Our Voice, which is aimed at empowering girls to make their voices heard in the political arena. The leading charity for girls and young women in the UK launched the new programme for all their members (from Rainbows to the Girl Guides Senior Section) during Parliament Week: 14 to 20 November designed to help their girls and young women learn more about democracy, parliament and making their voices count.
For more information click here: http://new.girlguiding.org.uk/girls-matter/blog
With only 39% of young women voting in the last general election, I really support the Girls Matter – Hear Our Voice programme. I tried to inspire the Otford Guides and Senior section to realise that political decision affect their daily lives and they need to make sure they enagage in the political process to make sure those decisions are made in their interests. As a result the Senior Section who were very concerned about the state of Bat & Ball station will be sending two representatives to the Friends of Bat & Ball station to make sure the voices of secondary school people who use the station are heard. They also hope to help with the VAWK Chill Out club for young carers in Otford – which is all great direct action.
I worked with the 2nd Farningham & Eynsford Brownies to help them understand the very gradual extension of the franchise, the suffragette movment, the political system in this country and campaigning methods and techniques to help them achieve their Girls Matter – Hear Our Voice Badge. This ended with a fantastic and really inspirational debate in the Sevenoaks District Council Chamber. You can read more about it on the Girl Guiding Hear Our Voice blog: http://new.girlguiding.org.uk/latest-updates/blogs/brownies-debate-politics-in-the-sevenoaks-council-chamber