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
Being an Advocate has given me the change to help make the world a better place - Emma, 20
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 call for greater representation in politics – this year, to celebrate 100 years since some women got the vote, our Advocates are joining calls for women to be equal represented in Parliament.
Our Advocates take action against sexual harassment in schools - the girls put pressure on the government to take action got heard. As a result, the government launched an inquiry. We continue to call for more action.
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.
It was so exciting when the government announced that relationships and sex education was going to become compulsory in England. It was great for us to see that all our dedication and effort is worthwhile - and it's incredibly rewarding when your work is recognised - Alice, 18
Our Advocates speak out - they've spoken at amazing events including the Women of the Wold Festival, attended party conferences and recently walked the red carpet at the premier of Wrinkle in Time (including getting to meet Oprah!).
I've spoken about media sexism towards female politicians on BBC Radio 5 Live. It felt like a big responsibility and I was afraid I'd get it wrong. But even though the questions were really tough, I found good responses because I was so passionate about the topic and what I was saying. That really built up my confidence - Emma, 20
Our Advocates create and grow our campaigns - watch this space for new campaigns and how to get involved with them.
Meet the Advocates
Adeola, 21, 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.'
Alice, 17, 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.'
Alice, 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.'
Bethan, 18, Glasgow
Bethan cares about: Rights for young people and the representation of women
'I've always loved getting involved in any way I can which means I've got to be part of many amazing different projects and organisations like Girlguiding. Therefore I can confidently say that I know more than most how passionate, intelligent and brilliant the young people of the UK are and how ignoring them is only hindering our society. I look forward to using my role as an Advocate to dismantle negative youth stereotypes and help provide young women with opportunities to shine and finally be heard.'
Emma, 19, 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.'
Evelyn, 18, 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!'
Imogen, 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.'
Izzy, 16, Southampton
Izzy cares about: Inclusion and equal opportunity
'I chose to join the advocate panel because I saw it as the perfect opportunity to unite my two main interests - Girlguiding and campaigning on issues that I'm passionate and hope to make a difference about. Whilst on the panel, I'd love to make an impact that makes a positive difference to girls in the UK and abroad, hoping to contribute to the overall equality of young women in the world.'
Juliet, 18, London
Juliet cares about: Mental health, body image and representation of women
'Too often, the media is dominated by older people telling us what they think young people think. Advocate gives us an amazing opportunity to speak for ourselves, and I’m honoured to be part of it!'
Katie, 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!'
Kim, 17, Sheffield
Kim cares about: Representation, education for girls globally, and intersectional feminism
‘Being an Advocate is really important to me because it allows me to make a difference and to speak out about issues that women and girls face everyday. It is an incredible privilege to be part of something so empowering.’
Laura, 16, Lancashire
Laura cares about: Mental health and women in STEM
'I applied to become an Advocate as I wish for girls and women, of all ages and backgrounds, to have their voices heard in society. Having a platform to speak up about issues that are affecting our lives at the highest levels is an opportunity that I am excited to have.'
Liddy, 19, 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.'
Maddie, 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.'
Sophie, 17, County Down
Sophie cares about: Mental health and getting more women in politics
'I applied to be an Advocate with the goal of empowering young women and girls of all ages and giving them the voice they deserve.
I am a proud feminist and particularly care about issues surrounding mental health. As an A Level Politics student I am also passionate about getting more women involved in Politics. Women inspire women, and through campaigning, debating and getting female voices into the media, I hope to encourage more young women to vote and become involved in politics!'
Sophie, 22, Birmingham
Sophie cares about: Creating equality in the workplace and challenging sexual harassment
'Being an Advocate gives me a platform for my voice to be heard, and to represent the voices of girls and young women. Being able to speak out on their behalf is such a privilege.
I want girls and young women to feel safe and empowered in every aspect of their lives, from equality and respect in the workplace to freedom from any sexual harassment.'
Victoria, 17, Belfast
Victoria cares about: the representation of girls in sport and science
'As an Advocate I am passionate about seeing girls have a greater representation in Sport and Science. I want to be part of breaking down the stereotypical opinions which still exist in both these areas. As an Advocate I hope to use my voice as an opportunity to change the mind-set associated with these two fields.'