Girlguiding Scotland members head to the United Nations

Two Girlguiding Scotland members will be speaking out on issues affecting girls around the world at a United Nations event next month.


Emma Guthrie, 26, and Isla Whateley, 20, have been chosen to be part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

This year’s Commission, which runs 13-24 March in New York, will explore the theme of empowering women in the workforce – and Emma and Isla are excited to speak out on issues including access to education for girls and tackling gender stereotypes & discrimination that limit girls’ and women’s career choices.

Emma, who will be travelling to New York as part of the delegation, says:

“It’s amazing to know I’m helping to represent the voices of 10 million girls and young women around the world as part of the WAGGGS delegation. I can’t wait to meet decision-makers from around the world and campaign for real change on the issues that affect girls’ lives.”

Isla, who will be supporting and promoting the conference from here in Scotland as a Remote Delegate, says:

“As a member of Girlguiding Scotland and former Girlguiding Advocate I’ve had many opportunities to speak out on the issues that matter to girls and young women. I’m really excited to be continuing this work by joining with other young women from around the world to call for change and using social media to make sure our voices reach even further.”

As part of the WAGGGS delegation Emma and Isla will be supporting a number of events at the Commission including the Young Woman’s Caucus and the interactive Youth Forum. If you’re 18-35 you can contribute directly to the CSW61 Youth Forum consultation here.

You can follow Emma, Isla and the whole WAGGGS delegation throughout the two-week Commission on Twitter @WAGGGSdelegates plus can join in the conversation using #CSW61.