Interview with Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone
Two Girlguiding members have had the opportunity to ask
Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone questions about issues
affecting young people today, such as airbrushing, being heard and
abusive teenage relationships.
Ms Featherstone was grilled by Gemma Hallatt and Jess Carmichael,
who are part of the Association’s youth Advocate! panel – which
allows young women to have their say within guiding and across the
nation on issues that are important to them. In the interview,
published in the latest issue of guiding magazine, they
asked how she became involved in campaigning about body
She said, 'Body image became a real issue for me when my daughter
said that I should be doing something about it – now I’m a minister
I’m in a position to do so. I want everyone to have conversations
about this issue. Surveys – including Girlguiding’s – show how
many people are affected by negative body image.'
Ms Featherstone is a supporter of Girlguiding's
Attitudes Survey, which asks girls and young women their
opinions on a variety of issues, and last
year participated in a roundtable event alongside young
members, MPs, charity representatives and think-tanks.
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