British Youth Council Delegates
Our British Youth Council delegates are part of an amazing movement of young people standing up for change
The British Youth Council offers a fantastic opportunity to get your voice heard
I’ve always been eager to have my views heard, and I really want to raise my voice and help people - being part of Girlguiding’s British Youth Council delegation has really helped me to make a difference. - Simi, London, 2015 delegate
Our British Youth Council delegation comprises of 10 members - including the Chair - aged between 14 and 25 from across the UK. Delegates learn how power and politics work and how they can use their voices and connect their views with other young people to create positive change.
What our delegates do
Our delegation works with the other BYC young delegates to campaign for change and to improve young people's lives. They are passionate about equality and seek to influence their British Youth Council peers so that issues that matter to girls are heard. They're also media spokespeople for Girlguiding and help shape our campaigns and research.
Each year the delegation work together to put forward motions - ideas for campaigns or issues to support - to the British Youth Council in order to influence them to take action. Key issues our delegates have put forward include Sex and Relationships Education in PSHE, girls' rights internationally, tackling sexual harassment in schools, violence against women and girls, young people’s mental health and more.
How our British Youth Council delegates have made a difference
Some examples of issues which Girlguiding delegates have taken forward include:
End period poverty and stigma - the delegation put forward a motion asking the British Youth Council to support the campaign to end period poverty and stigma. The British Youth Council now supports this campaign, calling on Governments across the UK to provide period products for those who need them, as well as speaking out against shame and stigma surrounding periods.
Protecting the Rights of Girls and Young Women Internationally - the British Youth Council now speak out against forced and child marriage, and any violations of girls' and women's rights. This includes Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and girls being used as weapons in areas of conflict. This is as a result of a motion presented by Girlguiding's delegation on the rights of girls internationally.
No More Page 3 - the delegation successfully put forward a special motion calling on the British Youth Council to support the No More Page 3 campaign, to remove pictures of topless women from The Sun Newspaper. We believe that Girlguiding's support for the campaign was an important factor in the campaign's success.
Meet our British Youth Council delegates
Charlie, 20, Ulster Charlie is passionate about: fighting gender stereotypes, challenging abuse culture in media and equal treatment of women in the workplace
'Sometimes getting your voice heard as a young person feels like screaming into a crowd with thousands of people. Being on this delegation has given me the chance to have my voice heard and make a real difference whether that is by having conversations with MPs or just chatting to other young people from all over the world. I want to help give the young people in my small country a voice!'
Anna, 15, Anglia Anna is passionate about climate change and human rights.
'The BYC delegation gives me the opportunity to positively influence the lives of young people. Whether that is protecting the environment they live in or making the future more accessible.'
Erin, 18, Scotland Erin is passionate about: mental health, education and fair representation of minority groups in politics and the media
'Being a BYC delegate gives me the opportunity to meet with like-minded people to learn about and advocate for the issues that young people, particularly young women and girls, are most passionate about.'
Jenny, 19, Ulster Jenny is passionate about climate change and period poverty.
'Being on the British Youth Council means I can help to promote change based on the views of Girlguiding UK members. I believe this will encourage other young people to speak out on issues they feel are important.'
Kate, 16, North West Kate is passionate about LGBT rights and period poverty.
'I love the opportunity to be a part of the British youth council as it helps empower young women and embraces the diversity of everyone. it is an amazing way to have a voice and make a change within society, no one should be silenced for what they believe in.'
Katie, 18, North Wales Katie is passionate about youth mental health and empowering young women to achieve gender parity
'The BYC delegation provides me with an exciting opportunity to speak out on the challenges facing young people today, particularly in relation to their mental health. I aim to inspire positive change to enable young women to strive for the future they want alongside promoting the importance of equality within society.'
Kirsty, 17, North East Kirsty is passionate about: women's representation in the media and advocating the importance of self-belief in young women and girls.
'I have been given the chance to get my voice heard which I intend to use to challenge the presumed attitudes and views towards women and highlight the importance of a young women's role in society. I want to show girls that they can campaign for issues they care about and make change. Being a member of the delegation, I want to encourage girls to realise their limitless potential that through hard work and passion they can achieve their success.'
Megan, 17, London and South East Megan is passionate about LGBTQ+ inclusion and diversity in the media.
'For me being on the British Youth Council delegation means I can give young women a voice and work towards making progress towards an inclusive society, where acceptance is the forefront of society.'
Sukhdip, 18, Midlands Sukhdip is passionate about topics such as child and forced marriage.
'As a member of the delegation team I am able to speak on behalf of young people on important issues and am particularly interested in the fight against forced marriage, FGM and empowering women internationally. By representing young women I am also passionate to inspire greater diversity in parliament particularly and the workplace.'
Megan, 15, South West Megan is passionate about climate change and fast fashion
'Being on the British Youth Council gives me an opportunity to use my voice for change and speak up about what truly matters to me and young women across the UK. Hopefully progress can be made with crucial topics like climate change, fast fashion and the rural-urban divide.'