Advocates

Our Advocates influence the direction of Girlguiding's advocacy and shape our research

The Advocates seek change to improve all girls' lives

Being an Advocate is the opportunity of a lifetime because it offers you the chance to get your own views heard and speak up for girls and young women across the UK. The other Advocates inspire me to do my best every day! - Larissa, 18, Croydon

The Advocate panel gives girls a platform to use their voices and seek change at the highest levels. Our Advocates are a group of 18 Girlguiding members aged 14 to 25 lead the direction of Girlguiding's advocacy and research.

What do Advocates do?

Advocates talk to MPs and other politicians, act as media spokespeople for Girlguiding and speak at many types of events.

They learn new skills and discuss issues that matter to them and their peers. They have focused on body confidence, the representation of girls and women in media and politics, education, violence against women and girls, young people’s mental health, and loads more! All of the Advocates come to the group with different perspectives and ideas but they are all passionate about issues that affect girls and young people.

Our Advocates show that Girls Matter - in the 2015 General Election, they put pressure on all major parties to act on girls' eight calls to action. They went to the political party conferences to get girls' voices heard as well as blogging, tweeting and writing opinion pieces in national media about the youth vote and why #MyVoteMatters.

Our Advocates take action against sexual harassment in schools - the girls put pressure on the government to take action got heard. As a result an inquiry has been launched.

Our Advocates lead the Girls' Attitudes Survey - they shape the questions and they make sure people in power hear what girls told us by speaking to the media, contacting politicians and writing blogs.

Our Advocates influence government policies - they attend important parliamentary meetings and provide evidence of what life is like for girls in the UK.

How do I get involved?

Every summer we recruit half the panel. If you're a Girlguiding member aged 14 to 25 who is passionate about Girlguiding and issues that affect girls and young women, we want to hear from you! Please check our opportunities page to see if we are currently recruiting.

Meet the current Advocates

Katie Horsburgh, 16, Edinburgh

Katie Horsburgh, 16, Edinburgh

Katie cares about: Mental health and the representation of women

'Speaking out is important to me because I want to make the world a better place, and Advocate allows me to do that. Campaigning for the rights of girls and young women is hugely empowering and I love doing it!'

Adeola Gbakinro, 20, London

Adeola Gbakinro, 20, London

Adeola cares about: Gender equality in the workplace and representation of women

'I believe everyone has the right to be heard and listened to and being an Advocate gives me the opportunity to speak out on behalf of others.'

Hannah Stubbs, 20, Swansea

Hannah Stubbs, 20, Swansea

Hannah cares about: LGBT relationship education in schools and body confidence

'I want to be a voice for other girls and young women who might be facing the same problems as me, but don't have a platform to speak out.'

Evelyn Greeves, 17, Durham

Evelyn Greeves, 17, Durham

Evelyn cares about: LGBT representation and inclusive, high-quality SRE in all schools

'Being offered the chance to get my voice heard at the highest of platforms is hugely empowering, and I hope I can use my position to both represent and embolden other girls who are struggling to be heard, in the UK and across the globe. Advocate gives me a unique opportunity to be the change I want to see in the world!'

Charlotte Forrester, 17, Staffordshire

Charlotte Forrester, 17, Staffordshire

Charlotte cares about: Mental health and high-quality and compulsory PSHE

'I think it's incredibly important to speak out about the issues that we care about. If you have the privilege to be able to have a voice on a local, national or even international level then it's a wasted opportunity to not use that voice in order to encourage progress in the world we live in.'

Maddie McGowan, 15, Southampton

Maddie McGowan, 15, Southampton

Maddies cares about: Ensuring the best education is offered to all girls and representation of women in leadership roles

'Being an Advocate for Girlguiding is something I am so proud of, because I am finally able to be the change I want to see in the world. So many issues faced by girls today are because they don't have a platform to speak up on, so I'm proud that I can say that I am tackling this problem by helping as many girls and young women speak up and speak out as I can.'

Priya Singh, 25, London

Priya Singh, 25, London

Priya cares about: Economic independence and body image

'I am passionate about girl's and women's economic independence and their ability to be resilient to issues surrounding body image.'

Vicky Jenkinson, 20, Stafford

Vicky Jenkinson, 20, Stafford

Vicky cares about: Rights of girls to a full and meaningful education and equal representation in decision-making bodies

'It's important that we as Advocates for Girlguiding speak out to ensure that the voices of girls and young women are heard and, most importantly, listened to by decision makers. Through this platform, we can not only make a difference for our members but also demonstrate to all young women that you shouldn't feel afraid to speak out and that women, together, can stand to form a better and more equal tomorrow.'

Sophie Wallace, 19, Warwickshire

Sophie Wallace, 19, Warwickshire

Sophie cares about: Equal representation of women in politics and ending media sexism

'I want girls and young women to live their lives as a true version of themselves and not let things like the image myth or gender stereotypes stand in their way.'

Susie McGuinness, 18, Glasgow

Susie McGuinness, 18, Glasgow

Susie cares about: Mental health and sexual harassment

'Being an Advocate is really important to me as it gives me the chance to speak out about the issues that matter to myself and my peers, and to try to make a difference.'

Liddy Buswell, 18, Chesterfield

Liddy Buswell, 18, Chesterfield

Liddy cares about: Celebrating women's achievements and compulsory PSHE

'Advocate enables me to speak up about the issues that I and other girls face. It's such a privilege to have this platform so I want to use it to help create the changes that my generation wants to see in the world.'

Abiee Harris, 20, Hampshire

Abiee Harris, 20, Hampshire

Abiee cares about: High-quality Sex and Relationship Education in schools and representation of women in parliament

'Speaking out is important to me because I often feel as though the voices of girls are not heard and so adding another voice makes our shout just a little bit louder.'

Alice Pinney, 16, Bedford

Alice Pinney, 16, Bedford

Alice cares about: Gender equality and mental health education in schools

'Through being an Advocate I am able to promote the voice of girls concerning a wide variety of issues. I want to help change girls' lives for the better and empower girls to do the same for others.'

Emma Brodey, 18, Banbury

Emma Brodey, 18, Banbury

Emma cares about: Self-worth and education

'Today's voting system is dominated by older people, so it's extremely hard for the young to have a say. Too many young people are unhappy and feel that there is nothing they can do to change this. I want to do everything I can to empower young people, particularly girls and young women, by giving them the chance to speak, to be heard and to change the world.'

Elena Veris Reynolds, 17, Hertfordshire

Elena Veris Reynolds, 17, Hertfordshire

Elena cares about: Mental health and intersectional feminism

'Being an Advocate is important to me because I want to make the world a better place, especially for girls and young women, and it gives me the chance to have my voice heard and help change things.'

Imogen Bowlt, 15, Deal

Imogen Bowlt, 15, Deal

Imogen cares about: Representation of women and sexual harassment

'As an Advocate it is important to me to speak out about issues that matter and that girls' voices are heard. It is so amazing and empowering campaigning for girls’ rights, knowing I’m making a difference.'

Alice Webber, 17, Bridgend

Alice Webber, 17, Bridgend

Alice cares about: Awareness of domestic abuse and political equality

'Being an Advocate allows me to speak out for girls and young women across the UK about issues which affect them which include equality, feminism and compulsory PSHE. The Advocates try to make a difference in society, and to be a part of such an influential group is an incredible privilege.'