New scheme empowering girls to make a change

New project aims to empower girls to use their voice
New project aims to empower girls to use their voice
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An exciting new project to empower girls and young women across Scotland to campaign and take social action in their communities has been launched.

Girlguiding Scotland is piloting the ground-breaking scheme, Action for Change, to support girls and young women, ahead of the project being rolled-out across the UK to create the largest girl-led advocacy network.

Action for Change has been backed by a wide range of high-profile figures including gender equality campaigner Laura Bates, comedian Bridget Christie and director of Equate Scotland Talat Yaqoob.

They have given their backing to Girlguiding Scotland’s latest project to encourage girls and young women to take action on issues they care about.

The initiative is being run in partnership with Girlguiding and Girlguiding Scotland and is launching north of the border before being rolled out, so it can create the largest regional girl-led advocacy network in the UK, over the next three years.

Action for Change aims to give young members of Girlguiding Scotland the skills, confidence and ongoing support that they need to speak up about the issues that matter to them, build a fairer society and play their part in changing their communities for the better.

Sue Walker, Girlguiding Scotland’s chief commissioner, said: “Empowering girls and young women to use their voice is at the heart of Girlguiding Scotland’s values and programme.

“We want to support our young members to take social action to the next level by inspiring them to aim high, building their confidence to take action wherever their passion lies.

“I’ve seen the difference our members make both in their own communities and beyond – from speaking out on issues such as mental health and body image to providing practical aid to refugees. I can’t wait to see what our girls will go onto achieve will the skills and confidence they develop through this exciting project.”

Girlguiding Scotland members aged 13 to 18 will have the opportunity to attend a training weekend in Edinburgh where they will learn key skills such as digital communications and how to influence decision makers. Girlguiding Scotland members will then be supported to take action in their own way.

For more information visit www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk.