Forth Valley Girlguiding star takes on new role speaking out for young women

A young Girlguiding member from Drymen, Forth Valley, has taken on a new role speaking out on girls’ and women’s issues for the charity.

Hannah Brisbane, 17, a member of the 1st Drymen Senior Section Unit, has joined Girlguiding’s Advocate panel which discusses and campaigns on the issues girls care about – from body confidence to the representation of girls and women in the media. The panel also helps direct Girlguiding’s research and campaigns work, including its recently launched Girls Matter campaign which asks politicians to pledge to make changes on the issues girls care about.

Hannah takes over from Amy Callaghan, 16, from Broomhill, Glasgow. During her two years as a national representative for Girlguiding, Amy was interviewed on the radio about the No More Page 3 campaign, spoke at an International Women’s Day conference and attended a conference on violence against women and girls organised by Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper.

Hannah Brisbane said: “Seeing the work that Girlguiding’s Advocate panel are doing, particularly with the No More Page 3 campaign, inspired me to get involved.
“I’m passionate about equality – there shouldn’t be a pay gap or a “glass ceiling” in the 21st century.

“Body image is another issue I care about, as it has a real impact on mental health for both men and women. I think it’s important we accept that real women come in all different shapes and sizes, and stop the media focussing on women’s fashion choices and their bodies rather than their personalities or achievements.

“I want to use my time as a Girlguiding Advocate to encourage all girls to have their own opinions and feel comfortable voicing them so they can create change.”

Amy Callaghan said: “Being a Girlguiding advocate has been the most amazing opportunity. I’ve had the chance to speak out about issues I care about on the radio, talk to some amazing and influential people, and get to know other awesome girls from all over the UK!

“One of the best things I’ve done is speaking out about the No More Page 3 campaign – it’s an issue I’m very passionate about and having the chance to shout out about it on the radio was amazing.”

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  1. To find out more about Girlguiding’s Girls Matter campaign, which launched on Tuesday 9 September 2014,visit http://www.girlguiding.org.uk/news/help_us_show_that_girlsmatter.aspx.
  2. For more information about the Girls’ Attitudes Survey, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk/girlsattitudes.