Action for change
Our programme supported 101 girls to make change in 2018-19
Through our Action for Change programme, girls and young women gain the skills to change the things they really care about. Whether that's tackling inequality, keeping their local village hall open or leading campaigns to make transport more accessible or get more women into engineering.
In 2018-19 101 girls were supported by 31 network coordinators. It started with an 'inspiration' weekend where girls got together and gained the skills to start planning their own social action projects. After this, the girls ran unique projects in order to create real social change.
Here are some highlights from the past year.
Action for change 2018-19
Jessica’s project 'Positively Me!' involved creating a fashion show for her friends, including those with disabilities, to help people overcome confidence issues.
'Positively Me!' is all about being confident in who you are and just feeling like you don’t actually have to change for anyone - Jessica
Elinor produced a resource called ‘Where Are The Women?’ to encourage girls and young women to look at STEM subjects for their future careers. Elinor achieved her goal of reaching 500 girls by publicising the resource on Facebook and the number continues to grow.
Caitlin organised a one-off event around girls' body confidence at Scarlett's Rugby Clubs training centre. It was a busy full-day event which had speakers and various workshops that the girls could attend and take part in.
Dara volunteered with Alliance for Choice in Belfast, as well as attending training provided by the organisation. She attended marches, contacted local and national government representatives and received replies from her local MP and from Jeremy Corbyn. She also spoke about her project at the Alternative Ms Ulster event at Stormont on International Women's Day 2019, helping to raise the profile of Girlguiding among other local women's organisations.
Victoria's project #WISE (Women In Scientific Education) aimed to convince the CCEA exam board to include more female scientists at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. She spoke at the UK Parliament Week Launch in 2019 and received advice about her project from local Members of the Legislative Assembly. She also attended events through Girlguiding where she spoke with Tracey Crouch MP and former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, about her project.
South West England
Charlotte's project ‘Free To Be Me’ aimed to help people become more confident being themselves and to stop feeling pressured to look or dress a certain way by peers or social media. She created social media pages for the project, developed a challenge pack and badge, plus visited 10 units in her local area.
Bethan, Carys, Eloise and Megan’s project is called "Be Positive, Be You" which aims to encourage body positivity and end the stigma around periods. They sold challenge badges and donated all the profits to charities giving hygiene products to those in need.
Both projects are continuing even though their year with Action for Change has now come to an end.