Girls influencing policy
We help girls make change by giving them a platform to influence decision makers
How we give girls a platform to influence policy
Our young members have helped influence government to make some amazing changes that are improving the lives of young people across the UK.
As part of Future Girl, our vision for a better world, we're campaigning for:
- A new deposit return scheme for recycling that includes young people’s voices in its design.
- More investment in, and coverage of, women’s sport and a stop to sexist coverage.
- The gendered pressures girls face to be included in the government's proposed duty of care for online companies to protect their users.
- Work experience that’s high quality, meaningful and free from gender stereotypes.
- All government departments to start youth panels so that young people's voices are included in decisions.
- Better political education and to support young people’s calls for votes at 16.
Girls making change
This girls from our Advocate panel visited Downing Street to talk to Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, about the changes girls want to see – including why the government must take action on plastic pollution.
Every year, girls and young women from our Advocate panel attend the political party conferences to talk to politicians about the things that matter to them most. They tell them about key issues for young people and what change they want to see to make girls' lives better. This year, they spoke to MPs and politicians about our five Future Girl topics.
Party conferences 2019
How your unit can get involved
Did you know you can invite your local MP to visit your unit and make their #PlasticPromise? Lots of units have invited their MPs so far and you can do this too with these easy steps:
- Find out who your MP is and how to contact them
Visit the UK Parliament website and enter your unit’s postcode to find your MP. Click on their name for their contact information.
- Send them an invitation
Check out our template invite letter for ideas on what to say.
- Let us know if they accept
If your MP accepts your invitation, contact Louise Withers Green, Policy and Public Affairs Lead on [email protected]. She can provide you with guidelines to send to your MP on what they can expect.
- Learn more
Check out our guidelines on hosting an MP at your unit. For Parliament Week 2018, girls did everything from holding their own referendums to meeting local MPs to visiting Parliament.
Parliament week 2019
Parliament Week 2019 gave girls the chance to explore politics and democracy to empower them to get involved. This year over 4,300 units took part involving nearly 113,000 girls! They ran mock elections, learned about what goes on in Parliament and debated pertinent political issues including Girlguiding’s Plastic Promise campaign. Some units even had their local MP attend!
The @Girlguiding #Brownies tonight discussed, debated, voted & engaged with @YourUKParl & @GirlguidingMids activities for UK Parliament Week #UKPW— Caitlin L-J Burrows (@c_lj_burrows) November 6, 2019
The girls had a lot to say on issues that matter to them & would like @UKParliament to see this 💙🗣️🗨️ #GGUK #Warwickshire pic.twitter.com/0RURfmj2gp