Meet our advocates
Find out what they care about and who inspires them
Our advocates represent the voices of girls and young women across the UK by talking to MPs and the media and attending events.
They all have different interests and areas they’re passionate about, from LGBTQ+ equality and women in STEM to the climate crisis and period poverty. But they’re all united in their aim to make the world better for girls and young women.
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Get to know some of our advocates
Francoise, 22, Anglia
Francoise cares about equality at work, inclusivity and diversity and self confidence. She's inspired by her nonna.
She says: 'I want to inspire and empower young women to feel confident in every aspect of their lives and promote the ideology that a positive and confident mindset will foster success.'
Mary, 17, Midlands
Mary cares about representation and women's issues. She's inspired by Aspasia, a a feminist role model who fought for women's rights in ancient Athens.
She says: 'To be able to represent and speak on behalf of myself and others with similar problems is an honour and the want and need for change in the lives of young girls and women is very much present.'
Katie, 15, North East
Katie is inspired by Stephanie Hilbourne, chief executive for Women in Sport, which helps all girls play the sports they want to.
Caitlyn, 22, Belfast
Caitlyn cares about climate change and sustainability. She's inspired by Bethany Hamilton, a disabled American surfer.
She says: ‘Being a part of the Girlguiding advocate panel allows me to have a voice and represent women across the UK to different media outlets, alongside different organisations.'
Erin, 20, Scotland
Erin cares about women's issues and is inspired by Elena Rybakina, a Russian tennis player and Wimbledon reigning champion.
She says: 'Being an advocate 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.'
Phoebe, 21, South West
Phoebe cares about online safety and making spaces safe for girls. She's inspired by Gemma Collins.
She says: 'As an advocate, I am passionate about making the world a safe place for girls and young women to grow up in - whether this means giving them local places to play or lobbying for a greater representation of women in the media.'
Henrietta, 17, Midlands
Henrietta cares about politics and stopping fast fashion. She's inspired by Malala Yousafzai.
She says: 'Girlguiding is the perfect opportunity for me and other young women to speak out for those who feel silenced.’
Katie, 19, North Wales
Katie cares about mental health, equality and empowered. She's inspired by Millicent Fawcett.
She says: '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.'
Amanda, 17, Scotland
Amanda cares about women in STEM, period poverty and food waste. She's inspired by Vee Kativhu, a a YouTuber, education activist and entrepreneur. Vee uses her platform to share advice to help underrepresented people.
She says: 'I want to inspire and empower other young people to speak out about issues affecting their lives, regardless of who they are or where they come from.’
Eibhlinn, 15, Ulster
Eibhlinn cares about equality, education and leadership. She's inspired by Devi Sridhar, a public health researcher, professor and chair of global public health at the University of Edinburgh.
She says: 'Girlguiding has been a constant source of joy for me and I hope to be able to be a voice for the young women who may not have the chance to speak out about issues that are important to them.'
Abbie, 19, Scotland
Abbie cares about mental health, wellbeing and youth work. She's inspired by Emma Watson.
She says: 'I hope to be able to ensure girls and young women’s opinions are heard where and when it matters. I also want to inspire and empower other young people to feel confident and speak out about issues which affect them.'
Hannah, 16, Anglia
Hannah cares about the climate, LGBTQ+ rights and mental health. She's inspired by Yasmin Finney, who played Elle Argent in Heartstopper and will join Dr Who next year.
They say: 'I am interested in helping young girls feel confidence in who they are throughout their entire lives and show the place LGBTQ+ people have in Girlguiding and the UK. I also hope to inspire those around me in my local Brownie unit and my school peers to show the positive change young people can create.'
Ellan, 24, North East
Ellan cares about mental health, disability inclusion and gender equality. She's inspired by Elle Wilmot, a TikToker.
She says: 'I want to use my time on the panel to bring change, both in attitudes and practice.'
Madeline, 23, South West
Maddie cares about gender equality and making sure girls and young women are treated fairly in all aspects of life.
She says: 'I love being on the advocate panel because I have the opportunity to represent Girlguiding and its members on a national level and make sure their voices are heard.'
Alice, 16, Anglia
Alice cares about women in STEM, disability inclusion and women in sport. She's inspired by Susie Wolff, a professional racing driver and chief executive of Venturi Racing.
Megan, 19, LaSER
Megan cares about LGBTQ+ inclusion and diversity in media. She's inspired by Nadia Whittome, Labour MP for Nottingham East.
She says: 'For me being on the advocate panel means I can give young women a voice and work towards making progress towards an inclusive society, where acceptance is the forefront of society.'